Amazing Women of ABC 7: Lauren Dorsett

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Posted: Monday, February 18, 2013 11:26 pm | Updated: 5:37 pm, Fri Nov 22, 2013.

SARASOTA – Lauren Dorsett is often seen at the anchor desk at ABC 7 or volunteering in the community. But in our series "The Amazing Women of ABC 7", we're giving you a look at the more personal side. And she’ll tell you is: it takes amazing women to influence and encourage other amazing women.

My mornings typically start with a punch workout at the gym, and the day doesn't stop until after the 11pm news. My trainer and good friend Shanna never fails to get me pumped up and ready for the day. “I love somebody that gives me 200% always. We kill it every time she comes in here, be it with weights, or she’s doing pull-ups, push-ups, or we’re boxing. So it’s amazing, her work ethic.”

The work ethic I can thank my parents for; I was always on the go.

I was born in Los Angeles. My older sister Donna and I spent our summers and winters visiting grandparents between Hawaii and Wisconsin. Talk about extremes! Maybe that's where I learned this Southern California girl could survive anywhere.

Growing up my life revolved around the same non-stop work ethic. Between competitive track and gymnastics, I managed to find one of my true loves: music. I followed a family tradition, starting piano at a young age and then played flute through school -- yes, even in marching band. I also sang in choir, getting opportunities to perform in the Big Apple.

I graduated from Loyola Marymount University, where my class started the school's first news program. During that time I interned for the KTLA morning show in Los Angeles.

My senior year I took a coveted spot in Washington DC, covering all the biggest political stories, from the White House to the Pentagon...and discovering a love for politics.

From there I took a job in Montana, and boy did it open my eyes. From skeet shooting, to dogsledding and covering wildfires, there was nothing I was afraid to try for a story.

Then it was thankfully warm, sunny Florida, with a job at (WWSB sister station) WTXL in Tallahassee. My love of politics would make a reappearance being in the state capital. I even started a weekly political segment.

And this NFL fan quickly learned to love college football. It was a huge privilege when I was asked host a half-hour special on the outgoing coaching legend Bobby Bowden, a friendly face during my time in Tallahassee.

It was also a time I was able to interview another legend -- and an inspiration -- Barbara Walters.

Then the Suncoast came calling, and as most have found out, I love adventure. I was even asked to skydive in for the 9/11 ceremony at Payne Park, took some hits with the Bradentucky Bombers, flew with Dolly Jacobs of Circus Sarasota, and reported live as another circus legend, Nik Wallenda, made history across Niagara Falls.

But it's not all about adventure, especially in an election year. Last year, I not only spent four days covering the Republican National Convention, but I had an interview most journalists don't get: a one-on-one with President Obama.

But the best part of being on the Suncoast? Charity; serving as the chair for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in 2011, serving on committees for Make-a-Wish and the Center for Building Hope, and highlighting the accomplishments of so many volunteers are the most rewarding for me.

You've met my trainer Shanna; another amazing woman in my life: my producer Brittany. She was my producer in Tallahassee, and has been with me ever since.

And as amazing women continue to inspire me, I hope to inspire many others.

Through ups and downs my constant has always been faith, friends, and family -- which is expanding. I'm about to meet a new love -- my nephew -- set to arrive the end of February. And I will be sure to share pictures as a proud aunt when he arrives.

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2 comments:

  • Darren posted at 12:03 am on Sat, Nov 23, 2013.

    Darren Posts: 1

    Lauren,

    I have sent my farewell e-mail to the station and hope you will be able to read it.
    You will be greatly missed in our community and to the viewers of Chanel 7 News!
    When you were hired by the station it was one of the best decisions made in some time! It was a refreshing change! I hope this move is not because of being unhappy at the station? I hear that you are on your way to marriage?
    I wish you the best. Maybe one day you can return to us when your ready to retire!
    You have to admit the water clarity is better than the Pacific?!
    Anyway, I don't want to bore you, just wanted to let you know we will miss a beautiful and smart lady that we the viewers were privileged to experience.
    Sincerely,
    Darren Nolan

     
  • Dorfie posted at 12:18 pm on Mon, Mar 4, 2013.

    Dorfie Posts: 1

    Great to see Wendy back....she looks terrific and is a great weatherwoman! Also love your morning anchors...two super professional women!

     

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