I set my sights on Cox Media Group long before I was hired in January of 2014. As a Miami Valley native, I grew up watching WHIO, and I hoped that one day I would work there. I am now an all-media journalist producing content for WHIO-TV, the Dayton Daily News, News 95.7, and our digital outlets.
I’ve lived in both North and South Dayton at different points in my life, but still feel that I have so much to learn about the area. I’ll never forget playing in the waterpark at Centennial Park in Englewood and then going across the street for custard at JD’s, or drinking hot chocolate and sledding at Stubbs’ in Centerville! I also spent four very memorable years at Chaminade Julienne High School, where I played tennis.
When my high school years were up, I decided to use my college experience to get to know another part of the country. That’s how I ended up an hour from Boston, where I suffered through Nor’easters and learned how to drop my R’s. I fell in love with the word “wicked,” the incredible fall foliage, and cheap seafood year-round, but part of me always missed home!
In 2014, I graduated magna cum laude from Saint Anselm College with an Honors Bachelor of Arts in communication and a politics minor. One of the most unique characteristics of my small liberal arts college, located in Manchester, New Hampshire, is that is hosts the first presidential primary and debate during every election cycle. I covered the 2012 New Hampshire primary with CBS Radio and have also had the opportunity to interview presidential candidates, political and economic analysts, and other public figures for my collegiate newspaper, the Crier. These experiences, along with several summer internships, solidified my passion for journalism.
Now, I could not be happier to be working for the newspaper and TV station I grew up on! It’s great to be home.
Q & A
- Where were you born?
- Where did you grow up?
- What was your favorite TV show then?
- What was the first thing you ever wanted to be?
- I wanted to be a dolphin trainer after my parents took me to SeaWorld.
- How might someone have described you in high school?
- I was hard-working, goofy in a good way, and friendly with everyone in high school. For the most part, I was a good kid… but I was also notoriously late to everything.
- What was your first job?
- What was your first job in television?
- This is it! I am incredibly fortunate (I cannot stress that enough!) to work for the #1 CBS affiliate in the nation right out of college.
- What do you like about your job?
- Certain news stories can act as a catalyst for real, positive change within a community. I’m looking forward to making a difference, whether big or small, in my hometown.
- What do you not like about your job?
- Deadlines! As an AMJ, I’m turning stories for WHIO-TV, the Dayton Daily News, News 95.7, and our digital sites on a daily basis. To do so much within a relatively small time frame can cause an adrenaline rush, but it’s also very stressful!
- What might people be surprised to know about you?
- I used to be a competitive fencer…
- What is the hardest thing you ever did?
- I lost my dad during my senior year of high school. Moving forward without him, even now, is a tremendous challenge.
- What would be a perfect day for you?
- My “perfect day” would be spent exploring a new place with the people I love.
- What advice would you have for someone wanting to go into the business?
- Take full advantage of internships. They are so much more than a way to get college credit! When done right, they should equip you with tools no classroom can provide. My fourth and final internship in college was with WHIO-TV and, less than a year later, I was employed.
- Favorite book:
- Favorite CBS show:
- Favorite food:
- Favorite hobby:
- Traveling, eating and writing!
- Favorite Miami Valley place:
- I love having dinner in the Oregon District or at the Greene, hitting up the 2nd street market on Saturdays, going to plays at the Schuster Center, and hiking in John Bryan State Park.
- Favorite movie:
- Favorite music:
- Favorite travel destination:
- I nannied in Italy for a summer when I was 19 years old. Since then, I’ve had a special spot in my heart for the country.
Contact Lauren Clark