Lauren Hope

As the morning meteorologist, Lauren is honored to serve a community that has been through so much post-Hurricane Michael.

Lauren always wanted to end up in the broadcast television industry. Her family still has home videos from her as a little girl interviewing friends and family members pretending to be a reporter. Falling in love with math, science and theater at a young age, she carried these passions through high school where was accepted to a four-year broadcast journalism academy in the suburbs of Chicago where she grew up.

Throughout high school, it was through mission trips to Mexico, Haiti, Jamaica and Guatemala that first sparked her interest in weather as many of these places were impacted by natural disasters.

Lauren left the Midwest to move to the desert for the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. It was here where she fell in love with meteorology, recognizing this combined her intrigue in math and science as well as the skills she had gained through theater, such as vocal training and ad libbing (Yes! We do ad lib the weather!). While still working on her broadcast journalism degree, she began a meteorology degree through Mississippi State University. At the Cronkite School, she auditioned and was selected to do weather for the local PBS station for Phoenix, the nation’s 11th largest media market. She was later named the 3rd Best Student Weathercaster in the country through the BEA Festival of Media awards.

She loves living in the panhandle but is no stranger to the sunshine state! Lauren has vacationed here with her family every summer since she was 5. And though she grew up in the Midwest and lived in the Arizona desert for years, she says she is most intrigued by forecasting the tropics.

Feel free to reach out and say hi! Lauren can be reached at lhope@wmbb.com.

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