- KOAT Action 7 NewsReporter, 2013 - present
Before coming to Action 7 News in January 2013, Laura Thoren was in the thick of Hurricane Sandy, covering the storm in New York City for News 12 The Bronx and Brooklyn.
“As a reporter in the Bronx and Brooklyn the land area we covered was very small and the population--incredibly dense. Now I’m experiencing the opposite of that!”
Laura was what’s known in the business as a “one man band” in New York…shooting, writing and editing all her stories. Before that she was responsible for writing scripts, coordinating video, graphics and working with the entire newsroom staff as an associate producer.
“That’s how I got my start,” she says.
Thoren earned a history degree at Carnegie Mellon University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa as a prestigious Andrew Carnegie Scholar.
While in college she interned at KDKA in Pittsburgh, PA. Laura created and produced
“Staycation Solutions”…a segment about how to experience different cultures while never leaving Pittsburgh.
“We traveled to France, Italy and England without leaving western Pennsylvania.”
this isn’t the first time Thoren worked in New Mexico. While in high
school she helped build houses on the Navajo Reservation.
”Back then I was mesmerized by the big sky and the miles of open land – and I still am!”
Laura’s name reflects her past.
“It’s pronounced ‘Terrain’ and it’s Swedish. My grandfather, the late Arne Thoren, was a TV and radio broadcaster in Sweden.”
When not reporting, Laura is recording.
second love is singing. As a songwriter I’m telling stories through
song – and as a TV reporter through the spoken word – that’s why I like
Laura is always hunting for the next big story. You can contact her at LThoren@hearst.com or follow her on twitter at @LauraThoren.
- Carnegie Mellon University2010