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
  • Unified Police celebrate woman’s 100th birthday—one week after she was held hostage

    WEST VALLEY CITY — What a difference a week can make. Last Saturday Doris Rucker Wasden was held hostage in her West Valley City home for several hours after a suspect fleeing police broke into the residence. One week later, Doris was joined by Unified Police and other well-wishers as she celebrated her 100th birthday. Police shared photos of their visit to celebrate with Doris Saturday. The woman was held hostage February 24 after a suspect fleeing police entered the […]

  • Study: Heroin overdoses skyrocketing in Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY – A new Kaiser Family Foundation study found heroin overdose deaths have more than tripled since 2007 in Utah. “A 300 percent plus increase is really a little shocking to read about I think,” said Utah Naloxone Executive Director Jennifer Plumb. The study also found 166 Utah residents fatally overdosed on heroin in 2016, which is up from 127 deaths in 2015. Overall, opioid overdose deaths in Utah averaged about 600 every year from 2013 to 2016. […]

  • Utah man struck by lightning shares his story, discusses road to recovery

    ST. GEORGE, Utah – A man struck by lightning while golfing in St. George Friday is still recovering Sunday. Justin Hofer said he remembers golfing with friends from work and then waking up in the hospital. After he was struck, a friend saw he had fallen to the ground and was on fire. Hofer’s wife, Kelcey, said friends used jackets to put out the fire. They tended to him until first responders arrived. “I think first responders had to do […]

  • Man struck by lightning in St. George recovering at Las Vegas hospital

    ST. GEORGE, Utah — A man is recovering at a Las Vegas hospital after he was struck by lightning on a golf course in St. George Friday. Lona Trombley of the St. George Police Department said they were called at 1:50 p.m. about a lightning strike at Sunbrook Golf Course, 2366 Sunbrook Drive. A 38-year-old man was struck by lightning, and while he was originally able to talk to responders, Trombley said his condition deteriorated and he lost consciousness. Police performed […]

  • 99-year-old woman held hostage in West Valley City says she helped calm suspect prior to his surrender

    WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — A 99-year-old woman who was held hostage for several hours in West Valley City early Saturday morning shared her experience with Fox 13 after the suspect’s arrest. Unified Police arrested 18-year-old Freddy Alexander Velasquez after a SWAT standoff near 2200 West and 3500 South. Police had approached Velasquez earlier, and the man held a gun to his head and ran into a nearby home. Doris Rucker Wasden, 99, said she did not even hear Velasquez […]

  • Mechanic, police discuss impacts of eliminating vehicle safety inspections in Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY — Starting January 1st 2018, Utah law changed regarding vehicle safety inspections. Emissions testing is still required, but drivers no longer have to pass a yearly vehicle safety inspection. At Hillside Tire in Sandy, owner Mark Robison said there are clear pros and cons to the law change. “Customers are happy,” he said. “Even I’m happy that you don’t have to do it anymore, ‘cause they’re kind of a pain in the butt.” He has also seen […]

  • Lawmakers, experts discuss ways to reduce high turnover rate among Utah teachers

    SALT LAKE CITY — Utah teachers are quitting their jobs, with most of them leaving after seven years into their careers—according to a University of Utah study. At a panel Thursday in the Utah Senate building, the main question experts had was: how do we get them to stay? “Bottom line, we want our kids to learn and the only way they’re going to learn and achieve is through having great teaching and learning happening in every classroom, so that’s […]

  • Tow truck drivers in Utah help however they can during storm

    MURRAY, Utah – Utah has been waiting a while for the snow storm that blew through Sunday night, but it made for a difficult Monday morning commute. As cars crashed and slid off the road, police and tow truck drivers were making rounds, stopping to help wherever they could. One of those people was Travis Creager, a driver for Atomic Towing and Snowy Mountain Research and Recovery in Murray. “We’re out there to help anyone we can,” Creager said. FOX […]

  • Foundation working to build training facility at Snowbird in memory of Utah skier Bryce Astle

    SALT LAKE CITY — A local foundation is taking the next step in supporting young athletes and raising awareness for avalanche safety. The Bryce Astle Foundation and partners held a fundraiser Sunday night at their “Olympic Gala” at Kimi’s Chop and Oyster House in Sugar House. Owner Kimi said they were honored to be a part of the evening. The foundation is fairly new, founded in December 2017 in memory of Bryce Astle. Astle was a U.S. Ski Team member […]

  • Rescuers revive young girl pulled from pool at South Jordan rec center

    SOUTH JORDAN, Utah — A young girl was revived through CPR and the use of an AED Friday after she was pulled from a pool at the South Jordan Fitness and Aquatic Center during open swim hours. Tina Brown, a spokesperson for South Jordan City, said the incident occurred at the aquatic center, 10866 South Redwood Road, between 3:30 and 4:00 p.m Friday. A child under the age of 10 was showing signs of distress in the pool, and someone […]

  • Man in critical condition after crashing into Eagle Gate monument

    SALT LAKE CITY – Aggressive driving Saturday morning sent one man to the hospital in critical condition after colliding with the Eagle Gate monument in downtown Salt Lake City. According to Salt Lake City Police, around 1 a.m. the driver attempted to pass two stopped cars at the intersection of State Street and South Temple. Police say he was traveling at a “high rate of speed” and was unable to return to northbound lanes. Authorities believe the driver may have been […]

  • Smart City Initiative installs air quality sensors throughout Orem

    OREM, Utah — The city of Orem is working on a way to potentially change air quality in its neighborhoods. The “Smart City Initiative” is a result of Orem City, Brigham Young University students, UTOPIA Fiber, and Draper-based company Purple Air all working together to install sensors around the city. The sensors look like the end cap of a PVC pipe, but they are packed with technology that allows them to capture air quality data in real-time. “We used to […]

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