Many of you know me as Lauren Compton from WAVY News 10 or WSET or MTV's Choose or Lose campaign in 2008. I had an amazing television career, starting from my internship at WAVY New10 to becoming a production assistant and New Media Content Specialist at NBC 12, to Backpack Journalist for MTV's Choose or Lose to Bedford County reporter at WSET, to General Assignment Reporter at WAVY News 10. I am thankful for every opportunity, all the stories I got to tell, and the people I got to meet. I am so humbled you all welcomed me into your homes via your television, phone, or computer. You are why I am became a journalist. Since I was a little girl I wanted to tell stories, and my career as a television reporter allowed me to do that. I am so grateful that God presented that opportunity.
I never intended to be a television reporter. I was going to school to be a family therapist at Tidewater Community College when my Public Speaking teacher encouraged me to give television news a try. I don't remember her name, but chick wherever you are thank you. Thank you for sewing a seed in me. I looked into Broadcast Journalism and fell in love with the idea of being a story teller. I quickly changed my major and applied to Virginia Commonwealth University. It is there I developed my passion for journalism, where I learned the power of words, holding people accountable, and being brave enough to tell bold stories. Thank you VCU. When I get the money I plan to donate, donate, and donate. What I learned at your institution was invaluable!