Lauren Dorsett: A look back at her time covering the Suncoast

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Posted: Thursday, November 28, 2013 12:15 am | Updated: 11:09 am, Mon Nov 17, 2014.

Lauren Dorsett is leaving the Suncoast for all the right reasons: to return home to California to be with her family and fiance. ABC 7's Scott Dennis looks back on Lauren's time here, from meeting the president, to covering the king of the high wire.

I knew when she agreed to jump out of a plane to help kick off an event at Sarasota's Payne Park, Lauren was no ordinary news anchor and that her career here was just beginning to soar.

Her daredevil ways continued when she agreed to skate with the Bradentucky Bombers, our local roller derby team. "I think I need butt pads!" She left with some bruises...and a great story.

And she would extensively cover the Suncoast's most well-known daredevil: Nik Wallenda. Lauren traveled to Niagara Falls to watch Nik pull off one of the most dramatic and heart stopping feats in recent memory. Her reports beforehand set the stage for Nik's unforgettable walk through the roar and spray of the powerful falls.

When a high wire walk across the Sarasota skyline thrilled Wallenda's Suncoast fans, Lauren anchored ABC 7's live coverage of the walk. And all of us, especially Lauren, were amazed at how calm Nik appeared, answering her questions live on the air while keeping his balance high above U.S. 41.

Lauren would be there again last June for Nik's next big walk across the Little Colorado Gorge. She gave us a first-hand account of the high winds that made this walk the most challenging of Wallenda's career.

During the 2012 Presidential election, Lauren gave us perspective on the political divide in our country by reporting live from the Republican National Convention, as the party chose a candidate to challenge President Obama.

And in the days before the election, the Obama campaign invited Lauren to interview the president. It was a rare opportunity given only to a select few reporters across the state.

A fact not lost on the Broadcasters Club of Florida, which honored Lauren with a Rising Star Award.

Lauren's accomplishments go far beyond her on-air skills. From the beginning, she embraced this community and helped countless organizations and charities. And the Suncoast embraced her back.

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  • fishinbuddy posted at 7:55 am on Sat, Feb 22, 2014.

    fishinbuddy Posts: 9

    A belated farewell to you Lauren. I must say I enjoyed your professionalism and how you covered your assignments as some would strike up emotion in you which you covered up well. We met while you were jogging on the John Ringling bridge quite some time age and you were very personable and warm to meeting a stranger.
    Thank you for not snubbing me lol. And on a more personal note (Ahh those crystal blue eyes ) They are mesmerizing when looked into. Best of life to you and yours Lauren , and you will be missed. Thank you for everything you gave to our community over the short time you were here.

  • clipper965 posted at 8:18 pm on Fri, Nov 29, 2013.

    clipper965 Posts: 1

    Best of luck to you Lauren. I lived in Rancho Palos Verdes from 2000-2001. Loved much about LA , Saturdays in Downtown, Santa Monica, Hollywood, The De Amo Mall in Torrance, but the high cost of low living wore on me after a while.

  • Lin41 posted at 11:17 am on Thu, Nov 28, 2013.

    Lin41 Posts: 2

    You will be GREATLY Missed Lauren , Best Wishes with the next chapter in your life, have a fabulous wedding enjoy some carefree relaxing days until you can't stay at home anymore and return to TV and take make LA love you like we do....Lin


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