My name is Lauren McMillen. I grew up in the small town of Shinnston, W. Va. Currently, I am a Senior at West Virginia University, majoring in Broadcast Journalism and minoring in Political Science & International Studies.
I followed my passion for journalism early on in life. I developed my love for writing and reporting in high school. In 2011, I was awarded with the Al Neuharth Free Spirit Journalism Award.
I have always envisioned myself as a journalist and could not think of a better career. The fast paced environment and the deadline driven nature of this business is what I live for. I love meeting new people, sharing their stories, and giving a voice to those that need to be heard. Lets just say my day is not complete without some news!
During my time in college, I have had the opportunity to work for WVU’s University Relations Video Department. Here, I was able to book video and photo shoots for producers, assist in production set-up in the studio, and archive photo and video footage of university events.
When I am not in class, you will find me chasing stories and reporting out in the field. I am a part-time reporter for WDTV 5 News, the CBS affilaite news station in Bridgeport, WV. I joined the 5 News team in February of 2014. I cover breaking news and general assignment stories as a one-man-band reporter. I shoot, edit, and write all of my stories, along with presenting them live on-air and posting them to the web and social media.
Over the past several years, I have had opportunities to cover incredible stories in the communities of North Central West Virginia. I couldn’t be happier to cover the news of my hometown.
When I am not in the newsroom or classroom, I enjoy running, traveling, driving my Beetle Bug, going to Broadway shows, and spending time with family and friends.
After college, I am willing to go anywhere to pursue my dream of working in the new business and I look forward to what the future brings. I am expected to graduate in May of 2016.
Thank you for taking the time to get to know me! If you have any comments, questions, or concerns feel free to contact me.