Born in Tyler and raised in Canton, Lauren Callahan joined KLTV 7 News in August, 2011, and is thrilled to be reporting for the East Texas News Leader.
Passionate about politics from an early age, Lauren worked for a Texas State Representative, a U.S. Senator, and a 2008 presidential candidate while she completed degrees in political communication and English at the University of Texas at Austin. During her last semester of college, she realized she'd rather report about politics than work for one politician at a time. She interned at KEYE-TV (CBS Austin) during the spring of 2008, where she field-produced much of their 2008 primary coverage – including the UT Austin CNN debate between then Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, and a Texas Primary Night rally for Senator Obama. Needless to say, she was hooked on covering politics!
After she graduated from UT in May 2008, Lauren moved to Berkeley, California, where she worked for a Bay Area consulting firm and freelanced for Youth Blog '08, a CBS News-UWIRE project that focused on the 2008 campaign through the eyes of college-aged students. Lauren enrolled in the University of California – Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism in August 2009, where she studied broadcast television with an emphasis in political reporting. While at Berkeley, Lauren covered the California Tea Party, the 2010 California Senate and gubernatorial races, and worked tirelessly for two years covering politics and social issues for Oakland North, a hyperlocal website run by Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. Lauren interned with KTVU Channel 2 News during the summer of 2010, where she helped their political director field-produce the station's political coverage, including the only U.S. senatorial debate between Senator Barbara Boxer and challenger Carly Fiorina.
As part of her master's thesis, Lauren traveled to Ramallah, West Bank, in December 2010 to produce a long-form television piece on Ramzi Aburedwan, a Palestinian who founded a music school in Ramallah's old city to provide opportunities for children in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and Lebanon. The piece won the Graduate School of Journalism's 2011 Excellence in Television Reporting award. Lauren received her Master's in Journalism in May 2011. Her work has appeared on numerous regional and national news outlets.
While she misses the Bay Area weather and ocean views, Lauren is happy to be back with her family and friends in East Texas doing what she loves to do. In her spare time, she spends time with her family and friends, reads and writes, and is a passionate sports fanatic. Follow her on Twitter or send her a story idea at firstname.lastname@example.org.