Weeknight Anchor/Executive Producer/Investigative Journalist
Laura is an Emmy-nominated investigative journalist and evening news anchor.
She graduated with honors from the University of Georgia in December 2011 with a degree in Broadcast News.
She interned for News 12 during the summer of 2011, and her news director offered her a job before she even graduated. She started working for News 12 that November, reporting on the weekends before she graduated in December and became a full-time reporter. A little over a year later, she started co-anchoring the First at Five newscast with Richard Rogers.
Two and a half years later, she began anchoring the evening news at 6:00PM and 11:00PM with Richard Rogers and contributing in-depth, investigative reports.
During her time as a reporter in Augusta she has covered breaking news from tornadoes, floods, ice storms, and plane crashes to investigative pieces into sex trafficking, fraud, cover-ups, and misuse of taxpayer funds by police and government agencies. She received an Emmy nomination for her investigation into private security companies operating illegally without proper training or licensing at many of our largest local venues. That investigation led to local venue policy changes, a state investigation, and ongoing reform within the industry.
She has been honored with numerous awards over her decade in journalism including recognition as the Best Anchor/Reporter by the Associated Press, the Best Personality by the Georgia Association of Broadcasters, and the best Reporter, Writer, and Anchor by the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences.
She loves telling news stories, but her favorite stories are bedtime stories. She is mom to John Michael and Addison. Laura is also on the North Augusta Family Y Board of Directors. In her spare time, she loves cheering on the Dawgs, playing golf, traveling with her husband, and cooking.
Awards and Honors:
• AP Best Anchor/Reporter (2013)
• GAB Best Newscast- First at Five (2013)
• GAB Best News Story-Merit Award (2013)
• AP Best Investigative Reporting (2014)
• AP Best Feature Reporting (2014)
• AP Best Anchor/Reporter-Honorable Mention (2014)
• AP Best Series Reporting-Honorable Mention (2014)
• AP Best Sports Feature Reporting- Honorable Mention (2014)
• Larry Peterson Memorial Award for Investigative Journalism- TV Category Winner (2015)
• Larry Peterson Memorial Award for Investigative Journalism- Overall Professional Runner Up (2015)
• GAB Best Newscast- News 12 at 6 o' Clock (2015)
• GAB Best Use of Digital Platforms (2015)
• GAB Best On Air Personality- Merit Award (2015)
• NATAS EMMA Best Reporter- Honorable Mention (2015)
• AP Best Use of Sound (2015)
• AP Best Newscast- Honorable Mention, News 12 at 6 o' Clock (2015)
• AP Best Series Reporting-Honorable Mention (2015)
• NATAS EMMA Award Winner- Best Reporter (2016)
• NATAS EMMA Award Honorable Mention- Best Anchor (2016)
• NATAS EMMA Best General Assignment Report (2015)
• NATAS EMMA Award Winner-Best Reporter (2017)
• NATAS EMMA Award Winner- Best Anchor (2017)
• NATAS EMMA Award Winner- Best Writer (2017)
• AP Award- Best Reporter/Anchor- Runner Up (2017)
• AP Award- Best General Reporting (2017)
• Georgia Association of Broadcasters- Best News Reporter (2017)
• Georgia Association of Broadcasters- Best News Anchor (2018)
• NATAS EMMA Award-Honorable Mention- Investigative Report (2019)
• NATAS EMMA Award-Honorable Mention- Best Anchor (2019)
• NATAS EMMA Award-Best Investigative Reporter (2019)
• NATAS EMMY Nominee-Business/Consumer News Series (2019)
• Georgia Association of Broadcasters- Best Newscast (2019)