Lauren Johnson joined the FOX 29 News team in the summer of 2014. She anchors the weekend editions of "Good Day Philadelphia" and reports during the week.
Prior to joining FOX 29, Lauren was a weekend anchor for "Good Day Orlando" on WOFL-FOX 35, the FOX O&O in Orlando, Fla. Lauren started her TV career at Central Florida News 13 in 2003. In her role as reporter, she jumped behind the wheel and the camera to explore and capture popular attractions around the state in a franchise called "Florida on a Tankful." Four years later, Lauren traded the fun in the sun for the blues and BBQ and headed to Memphis, Tenn., as the health reporter. While in Tennessee, she worked closely with local hospitals to tell remarkable stories in healthcare. Several of her stories were nominated for Emmy awards. Shortly thereafter, Lauren made the transition to the anchor desk and co-anchored Good Morning Memphis.
Lauren was born and raised in Atlanta before heading to Greenville, S.C., for college at Furman University. While studying for her Communication Studies degree, she was also hitting the track, doing laps and competing as a member of the women's track and field team. To learn more about the television industry, she completed internships in several top markets including Atlanta, Greenville, S.C., and New York. The most memorable of those was working under Diane Sawyer during her days on Good Morning America.
In her spare time, Lauren enjoys traveling, decorating, catching up on her sleep, and spending time with friends and family, especially her identical twin nieces.
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney spoke out on Sunday night against the spate of gun violence over Independence Day weekend that injured nearly two dozen people and left several dead, including a 6-year-old boy.
Fire and hazmat crews responded to the scene and were able to get the fire under control as nearby homes were temporarily evacuated.
In Philadelphia, during a three week period in June there were 947 calls to police about explosives.
Another night of violence saw six people shot in four separate incidents across the city. One man has died.
Dozens of tents line the Ben Franklin Parkway at 22nd Street in protest of lack of long-term housing for the homeless.
A firefighter has been hurt as crews continue to battle a three-alarm fire at a school in Allentown Wednesday morning.
In two separate incidents, police found victims at both scenes that were young and suffering serious gunshot wounds.
As the city moved into the yellow phase amid government-led reopening strategies, the PPA announced that metered parking would resume.
The controversial statue of former Philadelphia mayor and police commissioner Frank Rizzo has been removed from the plaza in front of the Municipal Services Building. Mural Arts also says a mural of Rizzo in South Philadelphia will be replaced.
Police now tell us a 24-year-old man is dead after trying to blow up an ATM in the city.