Lauren Westbrook

Lauren Westbrook

KWTX Anchor

Waco, Texas

Lauren began her broadcasting career as a reporter in Central Texas after graduating from the University of Oklahoma in 2008. At KWTX, she covered the Fort Hood shooting in 2009 that claimed 13 lives, historic flooding, and took part in the annual Food for Families drive, an event that remains near and dear to her heart.

In 2011 Lauren accepted a morning anchor position at WAFB in Baton Rouge, La., and began anchoring the station’s noon show shortly after she arrived. Her teams earned Emmy nominations, first place Associated Press awards, and honors from the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters.

Lauren co-anchored coverage of a deadly police shooting in 2016 that earned WAFB an Edward R. Murrow Award.

A month later unprecedented flooding in Baton Rouge took lives and destroyed thousands of homes and businesses. Lauren stayed on the anchor desk for hours at a time over several days as floodwaters receded. The catastrophe inspired Louisiana natives Randy Jackson and Harry Connick, Jr. to co-host a nationally televised concert with Lauren to raise money for people whose livelihoods were destroyed.

She loves sports and says she is proud she covered the LSU Tigers’ National Championship win in New Orleans. She also co-hosted the victory parade through Baton Rouge, which aired statewide.

In early 2020, Lauren became the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters’ first Young Professional of the Year.

She is passionate about her work with the Boys and Girls Club and helped raise thousands of dollars for children in need. She also emceed countless events for charitable organizations and was actively involved with several animal rescue groups.

Lauren returns to Waco to anchor evening shows alongside friends she made at the beginning of her career. She says she’s honored to serve Central Texas again in a position that also puts her closer to family.

In her free time, Lauren enjoys volunteering, meeting new people, working out, anything involving animals, being outside, and heights. She’s been known to cliff jump and skydive on special occasions!

Feel free to send her a tip or say hello any time!

Education:

  • University of Oklahoma: Journalism and Mass Communications

Recent Articles by Lauren

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: New restaurant at The Myrtles serving up ‘contemporary history’

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Baton Rouge woman makes stunning displays out of balloons

  STEM academy giving Livonia students a head start on college

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: ‘Bookface’ social media campaign sparks new energy at Ascension Parish Libraries

  La. animal shelter helps Texas shelter recover after Imelda flooding

  Ring dropped down drain to be reunited with owner 27 years later

  WATCH: Interview with Kelly Clarkson ahead of new show on WAFB; Young and the Restless moves time slots

  Lowery Elementary prepares for LEAP tests with hype videos

  Livingston Parish Children’s Choir has entertained international audiences for 28 years

  Baton Rouge couple adopts special needs child from China

Gonzales firefighting twins make it through first episode of 'Amazing Race'

Coworkers holding fundraisers for family experiencing incredible hardships

Wives of LSU baseball coaching staff talk about behind-the-scenes in Omaha

'Rally Baby' hopes to give LSU a boost in Game 2 of the CWS

Many Omaha natives cheer for LSU at the College World Series

LSU Rally Baby becomes online sensation

Vets offer ways to stop the itch for dogs suffering from allergies

Business is booming for Doctor's anti-frizz hair treatment

Mr. Anthony's little helper

Five candidates vie for District 9 Metro Council seat

Money Monday: Low cost weddings