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Sánchez at the 2009 American Music Awards.
Lauren Wendy Sánchez
December 19, 1969
Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
|Occupation||Pilot/News anchor/Media personality|
Patrick Whitesell (m. 2005)(separated)
Lauren Wendy Sánchez (born December 19, 1969) is an Emmy Award-winning American news anchor, entertainment reporter, media personality, actress, producer, pilot and entrepreneur. Sanchez is a frequent guest host on The View, former co-host on KTTV Fox-11's Good Day LA, the station's Ten o'clock News, and anchor and special correspondent on Extra. Sánchez has also been a regular contributor on shows including Larry King Live, The Joy Behar Show and Showbiz Tonight.
Sánchez was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is of Mexican descent. After graduating from high school, she moved to Los Angeles to attend El Camino College in Torrance, California, where she wrote for the college newspaper. 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 earned another Emmy nomination as anchor and 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 the runner-up in the nationwide hosting competition during season 2 of The View in February 2000. The position was ultimately given to Lisa Ling. In 2005, Sanchez 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 on Good Day LA, Extra and other TV shows.
In 2016 she founded Black Ops Aviation, the first female-owned aerial film and production company. Sanchez now focuses on film and television projects which allow her to use her skills as a licensed pilot of airplanes and helicopters.
In addition to her reporting and hosting duties, Sanchez makes cameo appearances in films and television series, including The Longest Yard, We Bought a Zoo, Saw, 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 in hit TV series like CBS' NCIS and the NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives.
In August 2005, Sanchez married Patrick Whitesell, a Hollywood agent and founding partner of William Morris Endeavor Entertainment. Sánchez has two sons and one daughter: Nikko, born 2001, from her relationship with former NFL tight end Tony Gonzalez; and with Whitesell: 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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