Lauren Handley is a Multi-Media Journalist who joined Fox 13 News in February 2017.

Lauren is a Philadelphia native who earned her bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from the prestigious Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. She is also pursuing a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice.

Lauren’s first reporting job was at WTAJ-TV in Altoona, Pennsylvania where she specialized in covering crime and public affairs. When she is not covering news or watching news, Lauren enjoys “binging” on Netflix shows, taking-in live music, and trying to win the affection of her prima donna cat, Nova.

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Recent Articles
  • Utah father arrested after Amber Alert likely to remain jailed throughout court proceedings

    MANTI, Utah — A man accused of kidnapping his own children and leaving them with an alleged cult leader was in court Wednesday. John Coltharp made his first appearance at noon in the Sanpete County Court House. Both his attorney and prosecutors agreed to reschedule his preliminary hearing, however, because both parties said they believe more evidence needs to be examined. “We believe there were many laws violated,” said Assistant District Attorney Kevin Daniels. Coltharp was arrested more than a […]

  • Police identify victim in deadly Taylorsville shooting, release photo of one of the suspects

    TAYLORSVILLE – Unified Police have identified the victim of a Taylorsville homicide as Toussaint Tyler, and said he was approximately 30 years old. Officers responded to a fatal shooting Sunday morning at an apartment complex at 742 West Sunny River Road in Taylorsville. When they arrived at the apartment around 10 a.m., and the 30-year-old male victim was taken to a hospital. Officers say they were present when he died as a result of his injuries. A woman who lives in […]

  • Loved ones hoping for justice one year after double homicide in South Ogden

    SOUTH OGDEN, Utah — A year after their son’s murder, the family of Cyle Van Komen is still searching for answers. The moments leading up to the double homicide in South Ogden were caught on camera, but police still haven’t named any suspects. Cyle is one of two victims killed one year ago in South Ogden. The 24-year-old was with his neighbor, 61-year-old Kevin Nelson, when at least three men approached the home wearing masks. The men spied through windows […]

  • Utah firefighters arrive in California

    ESCONDIDO, Calif. — Utah is one of eight states California asked for help in battling the wildfires.  Despite arriving in California late Thursday night, Utah crews were ready to hit the ground running Friday morning. “In the world of wildland fire you always expect to not know anything, but you’re ready for anything,” said Matt McFarland with Unified Fire Authority. FOX 13 checked in with McFarland right as his team pulled into their staging area in Escondido, California late Friday […]

  • Woman hopes selfies taken on stolen cell phone will lead Sandy police to purse thief

    SANDY, Utah — Isabel Acevedo recently started a job as a receptionist for a Sandy kitchen and bath company. Her family is having a hard time, and she wanted to make some extra money for the holidays. When she left her desk to use the restroom, a woman came in, walked right up to Acevedo’s desk, grabbed her purse and walked out. “She looked like she was ready to take my stuff regardless if I was there or not,” Acevedo […]

  • Police questioning man after woman threatened outside Salt Lake City Jewish Community Center

    SALT LAKE CITY – Police said a University of Utah update stating a suspect was in custody for in an incident outside the Jewish Community Center Sunday is not accurate. Early Sunday morning, police were called to the JCC after a man allegedly pointed a gun through his car window at a woman who was getting out of her own car in the front parking lot. He then drove off in his white Mercedes wagon. According to an update posted […]

  • Family says they forgive teen driver who fatally struck woman in Sandy crosswalk

    Saturday night, family and friends gathered in Holladay to mourn the loss of Stephanie Burton. Just a couple days prior, on Thursday evening in Sandy, Burton was one of a few pedestrians hit while in a crosswalk on the way to see the Festival of Trees. Burton passed away early Saturday. “She will be missed by a lot of people,” said sister-in-law Alisha Burton. “Stephanie was an incredible adventurer. We’ve talked a lot in the past few days about how […]

  • Program gives inmates tablets to help re-integrate into society

    DRAPER, Utah – A new pilot program is helping Utah inmates prepare for re-entry into society. The tech-assisted, focused re-entry program has 225 new tablets. Each cost $500, and come pre-loaded with educational materials, individualized treatment plans, housing information, employment options and more. The network they use is monitored, with no access to WiFi. All communication is monitored. Inmate Harley Bickford has been in prison since September 2016. He is preparing for his February release date with one of the […]

  • Unified Fire Authority to use Naloxone in attempt to reverse drug overdoses

    SALT LAKE CITY –Unified Fire Authority responds to overdose calls almost every day, according to medical training officer Layne Hilton. Hilton said they fear things will only get worse unless everyone – first responders and the public – work together to stop it. “In a situation like this, it’s as important as doing CPR,” Hilton said of Naloxone, the overdose-reversing drug many first responders keep in their tool kit. UFA is about to get hundreds of their own kits to […]

  • Candlelight vigil held for American Fork teen who died a week after crash in Pleasant Grove

    AMERICAN FORK, Utah — A community is mourning the loss of a teen they called a role model of genuine kindness. Keaton Smith, 17, passed away Friday evening, almost a week after he was involved in a rollover crash in Pleasant Grove. Smith had been on a group date with friends prior to his high school’s Sadie Hawkins Dance Saturday, November 18th. Police said the crash involved two vehicles, one of which may have made an improper turn near 530 […]

  • Police provide tips for preventing package thefts ahead of Black Friday, Cyber Monday

    SALT LAKE CITY — Black Friday and Cyber Monday are coming up, which means millions of packages and presents are just a click away. Some of those purchases may be stolen off your porch if you are not careful. “Porch pirates are out and about this time of year, and we’re out to either stop those pirates or prevent the theft from actually happening,” said Lt. Brian Lohrke with Unified Police Department. Lohrke offered a few tips for consumers, like […]

  • UDOT opens finished projects in time for holiday traffic

    SALT LAKE CITY – For the first time in two years, I-215 is construction cone free. Five lanes northbound and five southbound consist of all new concrete, stretching from SR 201 to 4700 South. The road has come a long way since the start of the project in 2015. UDOT did a lot of patchwork over the years, but decided it was best to install a brand new, much wider freeway. “It’s a big deal for drivers and it’s really […]