Home Town Anchor Feels At Home on Morning NewsWhen she was a little girl, Lauren Evans and her sister sat at their kitchen table in Birmingham, Mich. and pretended to anchor a news shows. Today, there’s no pretending. Evans now sits at an anchor desk — not a kitchen table — to deliver the news every weekday on Lansing’s “News 10 Today” on WILX-TV. She starts her “day” at 2 a.m., arrives to work at 3 a.m., does her own hair and make-up and reads over and edits her stories in preparation for the broadcast. If there’s “breaking news,” her morning is more chaotic, but Evans doesn’t mind. She thrives on the pressure. “You have to be able to go with the flow,” she said. “And I love it.” Lauren counts on the morning crew to help get the job done each morning. She also credits Chief Meteorologist Darrin Rockcole with helping her maneuver the myriad of broadcast equipment in the relatively small studio. Sometimes, that means navigating through technical difficulties — such as a teleprompter that suddenly goes too fast, too slow or just blank. That’s when her paper script comes in handy. She uses the laptop to her left in between breaks to “Tweet” what’s going on, and to edit and update stories. Evans joined the WILX news team as its weekend anchor and reporter in August 2008 and started anchoring “News 10 Today” in July 2009. Her life away from the camera is fun, too. CAWLM was also able to talk to Evans about her background and her other interests: Q: Where did you get your education? A: I graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California (USC) in May 2008, with degrees in broadcast journalism and political science. Q: What were some of your experiences as a young reporter? A: I interned at some great stations and shows: • USC’s student-run newscast — Annenberg TV News — and covered the Democratic Presidential Debate, the Phil Spector murder trial and the Hollywood Writers’ Strike. • Los Angeles’ KNBC’s Investigative Unit — I’m really proud of the work I did to help expose dangerous levels of lead in the drinking water at Los Angeles public schools. • “Good Morning America” and MTV in Los Angeles • WJRT-TV in Flint Q: What are your hobbies? A: My friends and I have a book club that meets once a month. We meet at each other’s homes on a rotating basis. This month we’re reading Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. Q: Any home entertaining tips? A: Although I have a small apartment, I do find ways to make my guests feel comfortable so everyone can relax and have a great time! Flowers and candles are an easy way to dress up your home and create atmosphere.
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Ann Cool, MPS, is a freelance writer who lives in Mason with her husband Bob.