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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Lauren Talarico joins KHOU

Lauren Talarico
Lauren Talarico

Lauren Talarico is joining KHOU as an multi-media journalist after working at News19 WLTX Columbia, South Carolina since 2008 where she is currently the station's morning anchor.

"Although I am really going to miss my current station WLTX in Columbia, SC, I am thrilled to be staying with Gannett and joining KHOU," Talarico tells "I know that with this company I am able to tell good stories about good people who don’t always get the recognition that they should."

Talarico worked her way up the WLTX newsroom. According to her bio, she started at the station as a producer/assignment editor, one man band reporter and then weekend anchor. In 2012 she became the CBS affiliate's morning anchor.

She is an Associated Press award winner and two time Emmy nominee. Talarico's sense of style was also celebrated by Wink Magazine who named her one of Columbia's most fashionable people.

One thing that stuck out to me in Talarico's bio is that she authored the children's book, Teatime with Tigers.

Talarico graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. After college she worked for an Academy-Award winning company in London.

"The thought of exploring a new city and making it my home is really exciting to me," Talarico told me. "Spending the past several years in Gamecock country, I also come with extensive knowledge of Jadeveon Clowney! So at least I can easily converse about one Texan.

"The time I have spent in Houston while visiting has been amazing. Great people, great food and so many things to do. My husband and I are ready to get this next chapter started!"

Being a massive Aerosmith fan, the name Talarico stood out to me. That's because it's lead singer Steven Tyler's real name. Both he and Lauren are originally from New York so I just had to ask because I Don't Want to Miss a Thing.

"Nope! Not related to Steven 'Talerico,'" Talarico told me with an LOL. "I'm surprised you know that, you must be a fan. We spell our names differently. He uses an "e" as the 4th letter and mine in an "a". It would be pretty cool if I were though."

Call me Crazy but that would be Amazing.

Even though Talarico is still working mornings at WLTX as of now, she is already soliciting Houston story ideas for her next month start. If you have one for her, she says contact her on Facebook at Lauren Talarico.

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