Lauren Vargas joined the WKRG news team as an online producer and web reporter in June 2010. She is a native of California and grew up in a quiet suburb of Los Angeles, away from the big city traffic and skyscrapers. She graduated Cum Laude from the University of Missouri in 2010 with a dual degree in Broadcast Journalism and Spanish. Go Tigers! While studying at Mizzou, she worked as a reporter, anchor, and web producer at KOMU, the NBC affiliate in Columbia, Missouri. During college Lauren also worked as a producer, anchor, and marketer at Newsy.com, a news compilation website. During her holidays back home, she interned at news stations including Entertainment Tonight and KCBS in Los Angeles, where she gained lots of real-world experience. Lauren comes from a loving and adventurous family. She grew up waterskiing and tubing on Lake Mojave, as well as snowboarding in Mammoth Mountain, California. She thanks her brilliant dad and loving mom for giving her the strength to think outside the box and travel cross-country to fulfill her dream. Lauren is so excited to be working on the Gulf Coast, and loves the southern hospitality and great cooking!
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