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Sánchez at the 2009 American Music Awards.
|Born||Lauren Wendy Sánchez
December 19, 1969
Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
|Occupation||News anchor/Media personality|
|Spouse(s)||Patrick Whitesell (2005–present)|
Lauren Wendy Sánchez (born December 19, 1969) is an American news anchor, entertainment reporter, and media personality. She is the former co-host on KTTV Fox-11's Good Day LA and the station's Ten o'clock News. She was formerly the weekend anchor and special correspondent on Extra. Sánchez has also been a regular contributor on shows including Larry King Live, The Joy Behar Show, Showbiz Tonight, and The View.
Sánchez was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is of Mexican descent. After graduating from high school, she moved to Los Angeles and attended El Camino College in Torrance, California, where she wrote for the college newspaper, The Warwhoop. She made the dean's list at El Camino and qualified for a scholarship to the University of Southern California, where she majored in communications.
Sánchez began her career as a desk assistant at KCOP-TV in Los Angeles. She also held positions as an anchor and reporter at KTVK-TV in Phoenix before joining the syndicated entertainment show Extra as a reporter. From there, Sánchez moved to Fox Sports Net where she served as anchor as well as a correspondent for the sports magazine Going Deep and entertainment reporter for FSN's Best Damn Sports Show Period.
Sanchez returned to KCOP-TV in 1999 to anchor UPN 13 News and also landed the entertainment reporting gig for FOX 11's 10 p.m. news on KTTV in L.A. She was a finalist in the hosting contest for the talk show The View in February 2000. The position was ultimately given to Lisa Ling, Sanchez has been filling in as a substitute co-host for Good Day L.A. since 2003. In 2005, she became the original host of FOX's popular dancing competition So You Think You Can Dance. Sánchez left the show after one season to have her second child.
In 2009, Sánchez returned to Extra as weekend anchor and special correspondent. Sánchez continues to occasionally work as a correspondent and stand by anchor on Good Day L.A. Her primary career is now as a pilot working on film productions.
In addition to her reporting and hosting duties, Sanchez has also made cameo appearances in several films and television series, including The Longest Yard, Fantastic Four, The Day After Tomorrow, Akeelah and the Bee, Killer Movie, Batman Begins, and Fight Club. Sánchez starred in the viral video campaign for The Dark Knight as Lydia Filanjeri, a reporter for Gotham Cable News. She has also appeared on the CBS series NCIS and the NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives.
Sanchez became engaged to actor Henry Simmons (NYPD Blue), but split with him in 2003. In August 2005, she married Patrick Whitesell, a Hollywood agent who represents acting talents like Matt Damon, Hugh Jackman, and Ben Affleck. The wedding was a star-studded affair with a price tag of two million dollars. Sánchez has two sons and one daughter: Nikko, born 2001, from a previous relationship with former NFL tight end Tony Gonzalez; Evan, born 2006; and Ella, born in 2008.
- "Meet the TV Anchor Turned Pilot Who Now Flies Helicopters for Movies". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-12-12.
- "Dance Host Sanchez Weds Hollywood Agent". People. August 24, 2005.
- "Dance Host Lauren Sanchez Has a Boy". People. June 23, 2006
- "Lauren Sanchez and Patrick Whitesell Welcome a Girl". People. January 15, 2008
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