Lauren Dugan joined the FOX29 Philly news team in October 2019. She was nominated for an EMMY (Business/ Consumer News Feature) in 2020. She reports on various newscasts and covered the Philadelphia protests amid George Floyd's death, covid-19 pandemic, Kobe Bryant HS memorial, plus breaking + local news of the day.
Before coming to FOX 29 Philadelphia, Lauren was a reporter and multimedia journalist at the sister station, FOX 46 Charlotte in North Carolina. She was nominated for two EMMYs, including her "Bomb Squad Robot" feature and for her "Hack Attack" series, investigating when the Charlotte Mecklenburg county government computer servers were hacked and held for ransom by two men overseas. She was also a part of the team that won an EMMY for the 2016 Charlotte Riots. Lauren broke the story about a major shortage in the Charlotte Police Dept. retirement fund. After her reports aired, police department employees filed a lawsuit and the fund was frozen. She has covered big stories like Billy Graham's funeral, two deadly school shootings, President Trump rallies, the 2017 total solar eclipse, three hurricanes, tornadoes, and the Dale Earnhardt Jr. plane crash in Tennessee.
She also worked at Time Magazine in New York City as a Production Assistant and reported on the historic landing of Solar Impulse II, wrote an article on the 30th anniversary of Chernobyl, and edited video of President Obama's speeches after mass shootings in the U.S.
Lauren got her start in broadcast as the first Jr. Reporter at FOX 29 Philadelphia in 2014 on the first Good Day weekend morning newscast, as a Vatican Correspondent. She reported a multimedia journalist from Italy and covered preparations for the Pope in Philly. When she came back to the Philadelphia area, she reported on local news features for Good Day weekend.
Lauren graduated with her Master’s and Bachelor's Degrees in Journalism and Communication from Villanova University. She reported as an ESPNU “Campus Connection” contributor for Villanova Athletics and covered the 2016 Final Four and National Championship in Houston, Texas. Lauren was the General Manager of the campus television station. She was named the inaugural recipient of the John H. Taylor '75 Endowed Journalism Scholarship, and also awarded scholarships by the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia and New York Women in Communication.
She currently teaches and advises student media at The College of New Jersey. Lauren is from Flemington, NJ, and now lives in Philadelphia, PA.