Laura attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and graduated with a degree in Journalism with a broadcast emphasis and a degree in Communication Arts with a radio, TV, film emphasis.
During college, she interned at WLUK-TV Channel 11 in Green Bay. Following graduation, Laura worked with the Associated Press in Rome, Italy. She speaks fluent Italian. Her tasks included translating editorials for U.S. newspapers and writing wire copy. Upon her return to the States, Laura briefly worked as an on-air personality for a hometown radio station.
A short time later, Laura was on the road to Rhinelander, Wisconsin, where she landed her first job as a general assignment reporter at WJFW-TV. Laura served as a multimedia reporter, which involved pitching stories, shooting, writing and editing VOSOTs and PKGs. She also filled in on the anchor desk. Laura ran her own teleprompter and was in charge of producing her shows.
Laura’s next move was to Green Bay where she accepted a reporter job at the station she had interned at several years earlier. WLUK later promoted Laura to weekend evening anchor. She co-anchored the 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. news. This move was exciting for Laura because it gave her the opportunity to report in her hometown and report the news to a community that knew her well. Besides anchoring and reporting, Laura also served as web producer – posting content to the web and on social media.
Several organizations have recognized Laura for her work. She received an award from the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association for her series “Kids in Prison,” which looked at teens incarcerated in adult prisons. The State Bar of Wisconsin awarded Laura a Certificate of Commendation for her series “Circles of Support,” which examined the expansion of a state program that helps convicted felons transition back into the community.
Laura loves to interact with the community and speak to youth at nearby schools to share her story and inspire others to follow their broadcast dreams.