Lauren Howard joined the Spectrum News 1 reporting team in 2020.

She's a transplant from majestic foothills of the Colorado rockies. However, she's no stranger to the Tar Heel State. Lauren earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from North Carolina State University. She's excited to continue her journey in North Carolina and watch her Wolf Pack take on the Tar Heels.

At an early age, morning news was a staple in her home. She was intrigued by the reporters' ability to turn headlines into meaningful stories. This cemented her love for telling stories and highlighting issues that effect the community.

These days she's covering stories beachside from the beautiful barrier islands of the Outer Banks.

Prior to becoming a reporter, Lauren worked as an assignment editor with the NBC affiliate in Raleigh and Spectrum News in Charlotte. Lauren's passion for storytelling brought her from behind the desk to in front of the camera.

With her natural curiosity and love of connecting with people, the transition was seamless. She's covered such significant stories such as efforts to save and protect the rare Corolla wild horses. And most recently she covered a police shooting in Elizabeth City, and the days of protests that followed. Lauren spoke with family and community members, and saw firsthand how people can come together make their voices heard.

Lauren looks forward to telling many impactful and relevant stories on the North Carolina coast. Her favorite stories to tell are those of civic engagement and human interest.

When she’s not at work, Lauren is traveling with friends and spending time with family.