Who is Lauren Magiera?
Lauren Magiera was born on the 22nd February 1985, in Chicago, Illinois, USA, and is a journalist, a reporter and a sportscaster who is probably best recognized for having the honor of being the first woman employed as a sports anchor on WGN TV. In addition, she is also known for having worked for WAOW-TV, NBC Alaska KTUU, and several more TV stations.
Early Life and Family
Magiera was born into a very religious family, and thought to be a religious person from a very early age. Namely, in 1994 her parents Nancy and Hank Magiera founded one of the most popular religious missionary groups in Chicago, and named it “HUB”, and serve as co-founding directors of the company. In addition, her father was a professional softball player when he was younger, and being so good at it, he was given the nickname ‘Hammer’. Lauren has three siblings, a younger brother and sister, Nick and Cassie as well as an older sister named Stacey.
Lauren attended Barrington High School in Barrington, Illinois, as the school was known to have a very successful gymnastics team, at which she was extremely talented and passionate about, and was dedicated to practicing and competing a lot from 2001 to 2005, when she matriculated. She specialized in balance beam and uneven bars, and had great scores so that she set numerous school records. She enrolled into University of Alaska, Anchorage where she firstly chose her major to be Theatre, however, she soon realized that a field more suitable for her interests and aspirations was in Public Communications and Journalism. As she was such a great athlete in high school, she studied at the university on an athletic scholarship, and continued to practice gymnastics, competing in one of the most advanced university leagues – NCAA Division I Gymnastics.
While she was still at the university, Lauren was offered a job at the local TV station ABC Alaska News as a sports anchor. This was an extraordinary offer as she was still a student and had no previous experience in working at the field, but the TV directors recognized her talent and dedication to education, so they were sure that it wouldn’t be a mistake. As she was a really fast learner and because she loved that job so much, she managed to make significant progress rapidly. Consequently, right after she graduated in 2009, she was offered a full-time position – as a sports director. She remained in the position for more than a year, and then decided to move on to a more influential TV station – KTUU Channel 2 – where she became a sports reporter.
2012 to present
After almost two years, she was chosen to be a sports director for one of the most popular TV stations – WAOW, in Wausau, Wisconsin. After more than three years there, she realized that it was time for another change, and that she should try herself in a new field of journalism, so she accepted an offer that the Green Bay Packers American Football team gave her – to be their on-air personality.
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However, she soon realized that what suits her best was being a sports anchor and reporter, so she returned to that position in 2016, but at a new TV station – WGN-TV in Chicago, where she is currently working. Thanks to her successful career, she’s managed to obtain experience in almost every field of television journalism production. She has even created and hosted her own show about fishing and hunting entitled “Outdoors with Lauren”, and also produced and served as a host of a talk show about football called “Pack Attack”.
Personal Life, Social Media Presence and Net Worth
Lauren has been married to popular model Stephen Canada since the 8th September 2017. The couple met while they were still at the university, and the wedding ceremony took place at the Grand Hyatt Lodge located at McDonalds Campus, with numerous attendees. As for her social media presence, she is active on Instagram with more than 5,000 followers as well as on Twitter with almost 4,000 fans. Speaking about her net worth, sources estimate that it’s now over $400,000, accumulated through her more than successful career as a TV anchor, journalist and sports director. In addition, she served as a model for several companies, which has added significantly to her net worth.