Lauren Sisler joined the WIAT 42 sports team in September of 2011.
A native of Roanoke, Virginia, Lauren was introduced to the Virginia Tech Hokies, Washington Redskins, and NASCAR at an early age. Also kin to the Hall of Fame baseball player George Sisler, she quickly learned that sports were part of being a Sisler.
After enrolling in gymnastics at the age of 3 at Roanoke Academy, it didn’t take long for Lauren to realize that was her “sport.” She competed as a Level 10 for eight years before earning a gymnastics scholarship to compete for Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. As co-captain of the Scarlet Knight gymnastics team, Lauren earned accolades that included the Nobel Award and N4A Wilma Rudolph Student Athlete Achievement Award.
In 2006, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and began her pursuit of a sports broadcasting career. She decided to learn the television business from the ground up, starting as a freelancer at CNBC, then moving back to her hometown station, WDBJ7, where she was a photographer and editor. From there she signed on as the Weekend Sports Anchor at WTAP in Parkersburg, West Virginia and had the opportunity to cover a multitude of high school and college teams on both sides of the Ohio River.
While at WIAT42, she has earned three prestigious awards including an ABBY in 2013 for Sports Anchor of the Year and in consecutive years, 2014 and 2015, was named Best Sports Anchor by the Alabama Associated Press.
Lauren is passionate about sports, but even more passionate about telling the stories of the coaches, athletes, and fans who make it more than a game.
In 2003 while a freshman in college, Lauren unexpectedly lost both of her parents, Lesley and Butch, to prescription drug overdoses within hours of each other. Over the years, she has become very active in spreading awareness about the dangers of addiction and the devastation it can cause for the addict, their loved ones, and the community. She currently serves as a board member for the Addiction Prevention Coalition in Birmingham and a mentor at The Foundry.