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CBS4 Meteorologist Lauren Whitney loves the excitement of Colorado weather and the challenge of tracking its unique weather patterns and rapidly changing conditions. Lauren joined the CBS4 Morning News team in 2011 and moved to the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. nightly newscasts in 2016. Before her start in Denver, Lauren was the morning weather anchor in Grand Junction at KKCO-TV (NBC).
Lauren is originally from Minnesota and later moved to Phoenix, the city she calls home. She has a B.A. degree in Broadcast Journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University, where she minored in Political Science, and a B.S. degree in Geosciences with a concentration in Broadcast and Operational Meteorology from Mississippi State University.
Lauren is an avid sports fan and had a unique first job working for the Arizona Diamondbacks where she was the “Game Host” roving through the stands and announcing contests on the Jumbotron at Chase Field. Although she’s a Broncos fan, she also bleeds purple for the Minnesota Vikings.
Covering two Super Bowls for CBS has been among the highlights of Lauren’s broadcasting career. Weather was a story for the 2014 Broncos vs. Seahawks “cold weather” Super Bowl, with a major snowstorm narrowly missing the game in East Rutherford, NJ, but stranding thousands of fans the next day. Two years later in San Francisco, it was perfect weather when the Broncos beat the Panthers in Super Bowl 50. “Experiences of a lifetime” is how Lauren describes being on the CBS4 Super Bowl broadcast teams.
Being a part of the community she lives in is very important to Lauren. She is a volunteer with the Junior League of Denver — whose focus is to improve literacy rates in the Denver metro area — and enjoys emceeing events for nonprofit organizations, including Volunteers of America and the Denver Health Foundation.
Just The Facts
Year hired: 2011
First TV appearance: Fox Sports Arizona in college, previewing an Arizona State vs. Oregon football game
Other possible career: Hallmark card designer
Dream job: To play with puppies every day
Secret desire: Again, the puppies
Favorite word: Yes
Least favorite word: No
Favorite sounds: The very quiet when it snows, the sound of rain on my windows, and all of my loved ones laughing together.
What one word best describes CBS4: Fantastic!
Most memorable interview: Meatloaf. I asked him one question and he talked for 10 minutes. You don’t interrupt Meatloaf.
Hidden talent: If eating a whole bag of Sour Patch Kids is a considered a talent, then I’m at a professional level.
Favorite quote: “All the colors I am inside have not been invented yet.” -Shel Silverstein.
Favorite food: Mac and Cheese; so good. There aren’t many things better than homemade mac and cheese. And my grandma’s cookies. I have the recipe memorized.
Favorite musician: Changes with my mood, the weather, and the season.
Interesting fact: I’m 5-foot-11. When meeting me for the first time, people are often surprised that I’m a tall person.
Hobbies: I’m pretty crafty (I’m on a first-name basis with the staff at my favorite craft store); getting lost in a good book, making Britt Moreno try recipes I’m testing, napping on cloudy days, going to movies.
Least favorite household chore: Folding laundry. Who needs matching socks?
What’s on your iPod?: Mostly country. I like to listen to other people’s iPods to discover new tunes.
What keeps you in Colorado?: Colorado sunrises. And the wide array of local beers.
Who would play you in a movie?: Meryl Streep or Hugh Jackman. I’ve heard they’re pretty good.
Role model: Overnight nurses. Anytime I’m tired, I think of what they do every night. It’s pretty incredible.
Alma Mater: Arizona State University – Go Devils! Mississippi State.
Favorite sports teams: Broncos! All of Colorado’s teams. The Arizona Diamondbacks. And of course, my Arizona State Sun Devils.
Star sign: Capricorn, I’m a pretty accurate description of my sign. Don’t mess with me!
Hometown: I was born in the chill of St. Cloud, Minnesota, raised in the heat of Phoenix Arizona.
Number of pets: None, I make friends with all the dogs in my neighborhood.
Number of siblings: Just me!