Hi, I'm Laurie Patton, reporter for KOLR/KOZL.
After a few years out of the business, I am returning to journalism and I could not be more excited. News and digging for information have been in my blood from a very young age.
I've worked for more than a decade as a television news reporter, specializing in investigative, legal and criminal reporting. My first job was at ABC affiliate, KTVO, and then at NBC affiliate, KYTV. But my journalism roots really started in high school writing for the award-winning Kirkwood Call. In college, I became the news director of KJHK and interned on-air at WIBW in Topeka, KS, and behind the scenes at WDAF in Kansas City.
I am the youngest of ten (that's right, 10) children and grew up in St. Louis. Because most of my family went either to Mizzou or Saint Louis University, I decided to pave my own way and go to the University of Kansas-William Allen White School of Journalism. A decision that only causes tension, for some reason, during basketball season (Go Jayhawks!) I also had the opportunity to study at Saint Louis University's Madrid, Spain campus and travel throughout Spain and Europe my last year of college. It was an amazing experience that ignited a love of travel and for learning something new every day.
News is definitely a team effort with dozens of people working in front of and behind the camera to make it all happen across multiple platforms. I have been honored to work with many talented news directors, photojournalists, journalists, producers, directors and studio crews. Their hard work is the reason I have been able to be honored for some of my work. I am the recipient of a national Edward R. Murrow Award for a story about a family devastated by natural disaster. I've also received numerous Missouri Broadcasters Association awards for investigative journalism and for breaking news, a Society of Professional Journalists Heart of America Award, an Emmy award, and a Gold Addy Award for using journalistic storytelling in my charitable work with Lost & Found, an organization dedicated to helping grieving children and families who have suffered the loss of a loved one.
When I am not out pounding the pavement or digging through documents, I spend time with my husband, Eric, a hard working Springfield Public School teacher and our rescue dogs. You can find us hiking the trails at Ritter Springs and meeting friends at the Cruse Dog Park. I am a huge fan of live music, the Greater Springfield Farmer's Market, my husband's Ultimate Frisbee teams, photography, videography and horseback riding. Pinterest is my favorite place to find creative ideas for just about all aspects of my life including architecture, crafts, cooking and parties with family and friends.
My family, friends and community are a constant source of inspiration. Please contact me by email with your story ideas or if you know of something that needs to be investigated and stay in touch on Facebook and on Twitter, where I will let you in on the news as it happens.
Thank you, Laurie