Laura Hale born in Wheaton, Illinois, United States where she graduated as a Bachelor of General Studies from Northern Illinois University in 2002 and received her Masters of Science of Education in Instructional Technology in 2005. Currently she is finishing her PhD in Communications at Faculty of Health of University of Canberra, Australia, where she has been studying since April 2010.
Laura has been passionate about volunteering and working in education since 2001. She first volunteered to in schools in 1996, where she was a member of the technology team. She started working as an instructional aide in libraries & computer labs at Community Unit School District 300, working at several levels in the United States. In 2004, she did an internship in Instructional Technology in Bratislava, Slovakia at British International School. She also worked as a high school English teacher on Tinian, Northern Marianas Islands for several months.
Laura's love for writing, research, and analytic thinking lead her to create Writers University in 2000 which changed name to Fan History Wiki and moved to MediaWiki software in 2006. In 2008, she started contribute to AboutUs and in 2009, she contributed to WikiHow. All that work with wikis lead her to WMF projects where she stated editing English Wikipedia in February 2011. As part of her work as Wikipedian she had 41 articles in DYK section of English Wikipedia's main page and created 551 articles in this wiki, from which 3 became good articles.
Laura became a member of Wikimedia Australia in 2010, and was elected as Vice President in October 9, 2011, one of the 9 out of 38 Wikimedia chapters that contribute financially to assist the Foundation in supporting its projects. She participates in several GLAM projects in Australia and is currently working on a project to do outreach in Micronesia.
She is the Wikipedian in Residence for the History of the Paralympic Movement in Australia project, attached to the Australian Paralympic Committee and National Sport Information Centre since May 2011. As part of her residency, she created a guide to writing BLPs, attended several workshops focused in improve local Paralympians articles, worked on improving Australian Paralympic Movement related content, advised on how to engage WMF projects as engagement relates to content and policy, scanned images for image donations, and worked with Wikipedians to provide sources to help them improve articles.
Laura believes women's and transgender participation in wiki technology can be assessed by empowering women volunteers and strengthening the women's community  and along with Béria Lima (WMPT) and Beatriz Busaniche (WMAR), Laura become one of three central organizers for Wiki Women Camp in Argentina, an open conference to exchange ideas, lessons learned, and best practices that are hoped to be applied worldwide within the movement.