Lauren Gilger is an award-winning multimedia journalist for the ABC15 Investigators whose work is dedicated to exposing injustices, uncovering government and industry wrongdoing and giving a voice to the voiceless.
She first joined ABC15 as an investigative producer in the fall of 2011.
Her work has helped to shed a light on the exploitation of immigrant workers, pushed one of the world’s largest automakers to recall more than 700,000 SUVs and exposed the backlog of untested rape kits in the country’s sixth largest metro area.
Lauren is the winner, along with ABC15 Investigator Joe Ducey and photojournalist Gerard Watson, of a 2013 George Foster Peabody Award and an Edward R. Murrow Award.
Before coming to ABC15, Lauren worked as a Carnegie fellow under ABC News Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross, where she worked to uncover the systematic separation of families caught up in the immigration detention system.
She has worked as a contributor for the Phoenix New Times and a clerk at the East Valley Tribune. Her work has been published in The Washington Post and appeared on ABC’s Nightline.
Lauren earned her master’s degree in broadcast journalism at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where she was named outstanding graduate student.
She earned her undergraduate degree in French and Visual Arts at Fordham University in New York City.
Lauren grew up in newsrooms. Her mother worked in newspapers in Louisiana, Oregon and Arizona.
Journalism is in her blood and she hasn’t yet failed to find a story to tell.