Monday, December 21, 2015

Anchoring, December 2015 / Bio

Lauren Johnson is a television reporter and anchor who has worked in Salt Lake City, and Boise, Idaho. She has five years experience finding, writing, shooting, and editing stories for local broadcasts.  She has a degree in journalism from the University of Utah and has taken journalism classes at Harvard University.

Lauren has a love for people, and her Boise New Director Grendel Levy shares that Lauren excels in getting powerful interviews because of her empathy and understanding. "Lauren has a knack for developing relationships with sources, making them feel comfortable and then ending up with an exclusive interview. She has great contacts that only feel comfortable talking to her," Levy says. She also says that "Lauren is a great writer, and I very rarely have to edit her work. ... She is at her best live in the field, and is effective at breaking news--communicating events effectively. ... She exercises strong news judgment in advancing, researching, and continuing interesting stories."

Lauren loves being with friends, writing, and eating delicious food. Brunch? Yes, please. She loves videography and has produced some personal short documentaries. In 2016, she attended the Stanford Digital Media Academy for Documentary work.  She also loves to travel. She's visited all 50 United States and 18 countries. She put together a documentary in Thailand, has been scuba diving in Belize, and has lived in both Australia and Israel - where she studied religion.

Lauren loves reporting because everyone has a story to share, and she feels it's important to help share those stories with the world.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Halloween Feature report

Lauren's News Director Grendel Levy says that Lauren "has a wide range as a reporter/anchor. She succeeds in the serious, breaking, and emotional, but also the light-hearted humor. " Here is one of those light-hearted reports to celebrate Halloween. 

Monday, November 30, 2015

Report with active stand up ...September, 2015

Stand up begins at :50 seconds. Lauren is always grateful for a photographer and makes sure to use active lives and stand ups for her stories ... Producers originally thought this story would be a VOSOT, but Lauren proved she could make it a top story, and a package.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Lauren Johnson Resume

Lauren R. Johnson Matthias
St. George UT • (801) 651-9748 •
Reporter/Anchor, Idaho On Your Side                                    (Boise, ID) March 2014-Present
·       Find, shoot, interview, write, & edit daily live stories for Boise’s ABC&Fox affiliate evening news
·       Anchor fill-in for weeknight and weekend newscasts for Boise’s ABC and Fox affiliate

Reporter, ABC 4 Utah                                                             (Salt Lake City) Oct 2012-March '13
·       Found, interviewed, wrote, daily live stories for Salt Lake City’s ABC Affiliate

Communication Director, Larada Sciences                         (Salt Lake City, UT) March 2011 Aug’12
·       Wrote daily news releases and news articles that were published in media outlets around globe
·       Managed social media, including shooting and editing video reports for Youtube

Reporter/Anchor, KPVI Channel 6 (NBC)/Eastern Idaho         (Pocatello, ID) May 2009-Mar 2011
·       Found, interviewed, shot, wrote, edited daily live stories/packages; alternate weekend anchor
·       Honored by Idaho Press Club for “General Newscast” reporting

News Reporting Intern, KPVI Channel 6 (NBC)                        (Pocatello, ID) Jan.-May 2009
·       Produced unpaid, one-man band, weekend news reports (drove to Idaho weekly from Salt Lake)

TV News Anchor/Reporter, Newsbreak, University of Utah   
  (Salt Lake City, UT) Aug. - Dec. 2006
·       Reported, anchored newscasts aired on UEN Channel 9, KTVX Digital Feed, and streamed online
Radio DJ/News Reporter, K-UTE 1620 AM, University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT) Jan.-May 06
·       Covered and produced documentary and news stories featured on NPR affiliate, KUER FM

News Radio Intern, KSL 1160 AM/102.7 FM/NBC                   
(Salt Lake City, UT) Aug.-Nov. 2006                                                                  
·       Researched, wrote stories for broadcast on daily drive show “Grant & Amanda in the Mornings”
Live Reporter Intern, NBC4 TV/Washington, D.C., Olympic Winter Games
(Salt Lake City, UT) Feb. 2002
·       Found daily stories for Emmy-winning reporter Pat Collins; delivered nightly on-air feature reports
Staff Intern, U.S. House of Representatives (Washington, D.C.) Aug.-Nov. 2000
·       Wrote constituent letters, led tours of the Capitol, represented Congressman at political events
Social Office Intern, The White House                                                                                 (Washington, D.C.) Dec. 2000
· Coordinated event attendance, greeted guests at events/open houses for the Clinton Admin.

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH (Salt Lake City, Utah)                                                                                        December 2006
BS: Mass Communication; Emphasis: Broadcast Journalism
·       Study Abroad: Jerusalem, Israel; Jordan, Egypt: studied history, religion, politics, and language
Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)                                                                                                     2013-2014
·       Class Auditing: Op-Ed Column writing, News writing

Award-winning: Best Reporter in state, 2015: Idaho Broadcast Assoc. Best Report 2014: Idaho Press Clubs
Graduate: Standford University Digital Media Documentary Filmworkshop
Co-Host and Founder: The Cultural Hall Podcast, which received 1,000’s of listeners each week, 2011
Writer: Essay featured in “Life Lessons from Mothers of Faith” book, Covenant Communications, 2012
Graduate: Los Angeles Reporters Clinic, a weeklong reporter/anchor workshop in Los Angeles, 2008
Non-profit Work: Full-time travel with Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Gave media interviews, 2005
Service: Full-time, 1 ½ year missionary, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Cleveland, OH, 2002-04
Intern of the Year: For the University of Utah’s outstanding intern in Washington, D.C., 2000
Adventurer: All 50 states, 18 countries: Documentary in Thailand, Living in Australia, Scuba in Guatemala