Lauren Shehadi is an American sports journalist and broadcaster. She is currently a sports anchor for MLB network. After falling in love with baseball at a very young age, Shehadi decided to pursue a career in the media as a sports journalist. While studying at the University of Florida, she entered the world of journalism by interning with The Best Damn Sports Show Period. After graduating, she started her professional career as a sports anchor in North Dakota for KXMC-TV in Minot. With them, she began covering both local and national sports events. After picking up the fundamentals of sports broadcasting, she switched to working with CBSSports.com and was also seen on CBS College Sports Network. Her claim to fame came around the same time when she was nominated by the Playboy Magazine among the candidates for Playboy's 2009 Sexiest Sportscaster. Since then, Lauren Shehadi’s popularity expanded and she moved to MLB, a bigger media network. With MLB, Shehadi works as a sports anchor, host, as well as a reporter for various sports events. More recently, she was seen as the host of the NBC and Vox podcast ‘The Podium’, which covers events and athletes from the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea.
Lauren Shehadi fell in love with baseball at a young age. During high school, she also played competitive baseball and was featured in the news. After graduating from Langley High School in 2001, she joined the University of Florida. Here, she picked up the basics of covering sports and even hosted the Internet web show titled ‘Gatorzone’. During her university years, she landed her first professional media gig with ‘The Best Damn Sports Show Period’, where she worked as an intern.
After graduating, Lauren Shehadi began her career as a sports anchor for KXMC-TV in North Dakota. Despite being part of a small local channel, Shehadi extensively covered sports both locally and nationally. Soon enough, she had made enough waves in the broadcasting world to be noticed by bigger networks. Shehadi joined CBSSports next and was also associated with CBS College Sports Network. Apart from working as the host for the videos on CBSSports’s website, Shehadi was seen as the co-host for the SEC Tailgate program and the ALT Games show, where she shared spaced with Jonny Moseley. Shehadi had already impressed the audience with her wit, charm, and knowledge. Her fame only increased in 2009 when she was listed among the candidates for Playboy's 2009 Sexiest Sportscaster.
Lauren Shehadi continued her stint with CBS until 2012, when she received an offer to join MLB, a bigger media company. She started her journey at MLB by hosting ‘The Rundown’ along with Matt Yallof. Soon enough, she joined as a contributor to the morning show ‘Hot Stove.’ The series was dedicated to sporting events that took place in the off-season. She slowly rose up the ranks at MLB and soon became the co-host of the show ‘MLB Central’ in 2018 alongside the popular former baseball player Mark DeRosa and the sports journalist Robert Flores. She also started a reporting stint with the show ‘MLB Tonight’.
In October 2018, she also worked as the commentator for the TBS coverage in the 2018 American League Championship Series. Lauren’s love for sports was not just limited to one network. Recently, she started hosting the podcast ‘The Podium’, which is a collaboration between NBC Sports Group and Vox Media Group. The podcast is based on the events and athletes who participated at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea.
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Family & Personal Life
Julia Lauren Shehadi was born on May 23, 1983 in McLean, Virginia. Information about her early childhood and upbringing is not available. She is also extremely reserved about her personal relationships and hasn’t revealed any details. More recently, the media has speculated that she might be engaged as they spotted a ring on her finger, but Lauren hasn’t explicitly confirmed the news. In her spare time, she loves fishing, gardening, and relaxing with her family.