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Lauren feels incredibly lucky she gets paid to do what she loves, and at such a great station! She’s a Multimedia Journalist (MMJ), which means she’s a self-contained, one-woman-band. She is just as passionate about filming and editing as she is about reporting, even if it does mean she has to lug around all the camera gear. :)

A Washington native, Lauren grew up in the Seattle/Tacoma area and graduated from the University of Washington. She’s a Husky through and through- purple is her favorite color and she even owns a Siberian Husky pup named Hachi!

Lauren most recently comes from Bozeman, Montana, where she worked as a reporter, producer and main anchor for a news station. During her time there, she won an award for spot (read: breaking) news reporting and captured some incredible moments on camera.

She loved the outdoor lifestyle that came with living in Big Sky Country, but after a handful of years, she and her husband longed to relocate to a more urban area. That’s why Lauren migrated south to SLC, where she found the perfect mixture of city and country.

Outside of work, you’ll find Lauren hiking in the mountains with her husband and Hachi, exploring the greater Salt Lake area, or cooking up a delicious gourmet meal. Lauren is a member of Toastmasters International (in which she’s won speech competitions and awards), and Big Brothers Big Sisters. She also loves hot springs, ghost towns, live theater, rock concerts, painting, road tripping, camping and skiing.

Have a story idea or want to get in touch with Lauren? Send her an email at lauren.steinbrecher@fox13now.com, or you can find her on Facebook and Twitter. She’d love to hear from you!

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    SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Department of Transportation plows spent Monday making passes in the Salt Lake Valley and up Parley’s Canyon in problematic conditions. The unrelenting snow continued to stack up after each round of plowing, and UDOT said it made it difficult to keep the roads clear all morning. Station foreman Robert Giolas said drivers began their routes at 5 a.m. to pre-treat the roads. Once the storm hit, they switched to salting, brining and plowing. “When it […]

  • Ways to help inversion-related illnesses in pollution-ridden parts of Utah

    SALT LAKE COUNTY — As pollution and fog envelopes the valley for yet another day, it can make people feel sick with cold symptoms and leaves them running to the mountains or a doctor for relief. Up in Big Cottonwood Canyon Friday afternoon, families spent time in the snow, sun and clear skies. “We’re happy to see sunshine!” exclaimed Kristen Weekes. She brought her kids up the canyon to go sledding and for, “fresh, clean air.” They needed an escape. […]

  • Sludge dredging starts in Sugar House Park to cut down on pond problems

    SALT LAKE CITY — The pond in Sugar House Park is undergoing a major rehabilitation project, as crews remove thousands of cubic yards of sludge. According to Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation, digging up a quarter century-worth of dirt will make the pond safer and more enjoyable. On Thursday, crews pushed and picked up piles of sediment with heavy equipment. They started work on Monday, and have already put quite a dent in the pond. As an excavator hummed […]

  • One dead, three injured in crash near Strawberry Reservoir

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  • Doctors see rise in ER visits due to falls on ice after storms move through Utah

    (KSTU) — Emergency room doctors said Monday they saw a rise of people in the ER over the weekend from falling on ice. A split second of someone losing their balance can lead to weeks of recovery, doctors explained. Dr. Caroline Vines at Intermountain Medical Center explained that in the span of an hour on Sunday, five patients came into the ER with injuries from slipping on ice. “We see all kinds of injuries– anything from broken hips, to broken […]

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  • Explosion triggers fire in van with five people inside in Murray

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