Go to any newsroom in America and you’ll find two types of people: those who knew they wanted to work in news and those who didn’t. I definitely didn’t! At the time, I was a Theater major at Florida State University entering the last 12 months of my college career. I happened to take a class through the School of Communication called “TV Interviewing and Hosting,” and in one class session, everything changed. I altered my major and my career path and scored the position of “Host” for MTV’s pilot show “College Remixed” – a News show focusing on issues facing college students. The news bug had officially bitten me and I was hooked.
After college, I was fortunate to start my career at WPDE in my hometown of Myrtle Beach, SC. I reported there for less than a year when I was promoted to Morning Anchor, and was subsequently named one of the “Top 5 Most Successful People Under 30” by Coastal Business Life Magazine. Of course, where there are southern beaches, there are hurricanes, and I reported live on the beach for two of them through torrential wind and rain – each time for 13 hours straight.
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I went from one weather extreme to the other when I moved north to work as the Morning Anchor at WTOL in Toledo, OH. At the time, I didn’t own anything heavier than a rain coat, but I learned quickly that only a collection of colorful coats would do. It was the countless hours of Severe Winter Weather coverage that earned the shows I anchored an Edward R. Murrow Award for “Best Newscast” and two Emmy Awards for “Best Morning Newscast.”
And now my journey has led me here to WISH-TV in Indianapolis as Daybreak anchor, where I’m excited to go to every festival, every home game and take every opportunity to witness the famed Hoosier hospitality. Send me an email at Lauren.Lowrey@wishtv.com if you have story ideas, restaurant suggestions, or great places to Ballroom Dance (I used to teach and compete in Tango, Cha-Cha and Waltz – but that’s a story for another time).
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