Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Mar. 7, 2009




The Source-Shelby Twp./

Twenty-three-year-old Lauren Podell, once a Utica Community Schools student, can now be found gracing the screens of your television, reporting the evening traffic and general assignments for Local 4 WDIV. Podell has been a resident of Shelby Township for eight years. She is a recent 2008 graduate of Oakland University in Rochester Hills, where she earned a major in communications and minor in journalism. Podell started working for WDIV approximately one year prior to earning her communications degree as a morning traffic reporter. In November 2007, she entered a contest held by Local 4 WDIV searching for their next traffic reporter. More than 300 people auditioned and in the end only two were chosen, Podell herself and now co-worker, Heather Zara. Daughter of Doug Podell, program director and afternoon DJ at WRIF-FM, Podell at one point entertained the idea of becoming a psychologist, but said she knew since she was in junior high she wanted to be on television. "For as long as I remember, nothing else interested me," she said. "My father has been one of my biggest inspirations and supporters. I grew up seeing how much passion he had for the business and I knew I wanted that." As of last month, Podell moved to the evening news where she reports the traffic alongside Ruth Spencer and Kim Adams during the Local 4 News at 4, 5 and 6 p.m. With the recent transition, Podell has already started to expand her role from traffic reporter into more of a news role, where she is able to go live in the field as a general assignment reporter... Township resident serves as on-air TV reporter (Sat, 3/7)







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