News 12 NBC 26 anchor receives national attention on blog about viewer comment

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- News 12 NBC 26 anchor Laura Warren has received an outpouring of support not only from her loyal viewers every night but from media outlets and people all over the country.

Warren posted on her personal blog about a scathing voicemail she received from a viewer one night in-between newscasts.

The viewer said: "Please go to Target and buy some decent maternity clothes so you don't walk around looking like you got a watermelon strapped under your too tight outfits. Target's got a great line of maternity clothes in case you've never heard of such a thing. You're getting to where you're being disgusting on the TV."

You can listen to the viewer's voicemail below:

Warren wrote in her blog that the woman got her thinking and worried about her expected son growing up in a world where adults say cruel things.

"I consider myself a confident, pretty secure, independent, woman. Why was I letting this one ridiculous, negative comment ruin my whole day? I've gotten dozens of compliments from viewers saying nice things about my pregnancy, why was this the one that stuck?" she wrote.

All of us at News 12 NBC 26 are supporting Laura and her choice to show off her baby bump. We're not alone, many of you have expressed your love and support for Laura through our Facebook page.

Her story has been picked up by media outlets across the country including People Magazine, US Weekly, the Today Show, Glamour, and Inside Edition just to name a few.

"WOW. Is all I can say. The response to my blog post has been so overwhelming and humbling at the same time. I had no idea this story would resonate with so many mothers, fathers, sisters, and friends out there. Thank you so much for all of your kind words," Warren wrote on her personal Facebook page.

Laura will be on Inside Edition across the country and on News 12 on Thursday night at 5:30 p.m.

Pregnant Anchor Who Was Body-Shamed Said Viewer's Words Felt Like 'A Knife Through My Heart'

Headlines The TV anchorwoman whose baby bump was shamed by a viewer says the comments felt like "a knife right through my heart." Laura Warren, who is due to have a baby boy in November, told Inside Edition she was blown away when she received a mean-spirited voicemail from a female viewer.


Most importantly, your response and kind words for Laura have resonated across our newsroom, and have definitely resonated with her. To read the blog post that started it all, click below:

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