Lauren Donovan was raised in Sammamish but feels most at home on the beaches of Lopez Island. This Eastlake High School graduate takes great pride in her Pacific Northwest roots.
Donovan graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. While at Mizzou she reported and anchored at the local NBC-affiliate, KOMU-TV. During college, she had the opportunity to intern overseas for European media outlet, ViEUws. Located in Brussels, Belgium her work focused largely around the European Union. Interviewing members of Parliament she covered trade relations, Brexit and the unsettling aftermath of three suicide bombings.
The cornfields of Des Moines were her next stop, reporting and anchoring for KCCI-TV. While at the CBS-affiliate, Donovan received an Emmy nomination and an Iowa Broadcasting Association award for her tornado coverage. Beyond the doppler, Donovan covered the Iowa caucuses and the dozens of political candidates who visited the state vying for a Presidential nomination. That included our own Governor, Jay Inslee. She is most proud, however, of her investigative pieces on COVID-19 outbreaks at local meatpacking plants. Through her reporting, she revealed that top state officials including the Governor were withholding critical information from the public and putting workers at great risk. It was also at KCCI that Donovan fell in love working the morning show. She is committed to helping people wake up and feel informed as they begin their day.
Now she’s back! Donovan is over-the-moon to be in the city she loves and working for KIRO! She shares that she’s been blown away by the warm welcome given by her co-workers, including former neighbor, Alison Grande.
When she’s not on air you can catch this hop-head sampling IPAs, grooving out to her parents’ music (Fleetwood Mac and CCR are her favorites) and *attempting* to take her cat Darcy on hikes.