Lauren Rangel is the Williamson County reporter for Fox 7 Austin.
She graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, where she received a B.A. in Journalism and a minor in political science. She grew up in Farmers Branch, a suburb of Dallas.
Lauren started her broadcast journalism career as a multimedia journalist at KXII in Sherman, Texas. She covered historical growth in Grayson County with the announcement of Texas Instruments building one of the largest production facilities in the state in Sherman. She also spent time investigating an all-bills paid complex that failed to pay its electric and water bill, leaving hundreds of tenants in the dark in winter-like weather. Her continuous reporting led to new ownership of the properties. She also spent months investigating a small town’s fight for cleaner air while pressing nearby concrete batch plant owners and politicians for answers. Some of her favorite stories are about people who gave back to their community in times of need.
Before working at KXII, Lauren interned at NPR’s Dallas affiliate KERA during college. She worked alongside an award-winning news team and reported for the local Morning Edition, All Things Considered, the statewide newsmagazine Texas Standard, and the local/national podcast Consider This. She also helped produce and write for the nationally syndicated talk show, Think.
Lauren is passionate about telling meaningful stories that connect local audiences with important news. You can email her story ideas at email@example.com.
When she’s not working, you can find her exploring new trails and neighborhoods in Central Texas with her beagle Delilah, trying out a local restaurant, or reading a book on her patio with a hot cup of tea.
Santa is already making a stop in Round Rock. Sunday afternoon, hundreds of bikers joined Santa in a trip across Williamson County to deliver a few gifts early.
It's been 100 years since Old Taylor High School opened its doors to teach young minds, but now it serves a different purpose: home to 27 small businesses, eateries, and specialty shops.
Round Rock and Georgetown are hosting two of its biggest Christmas events this week. You can shop til’ you drop or hit the trails at Old Settler Park.
Tesla's futuristic-looking Cybertruck hit the roads for the first time Thursday. Some of the first owners picked up their vehicles at Tesla's headquarters in Austin during a special event.
A mystery illness affecting dogs is spreading across the country. Thankfully, there are no reported cases in Texas, but the mystery illness has been confirmed in 14 other states.
Austin's iconic Zilker Park Holiday Tree is back, lit up in all its glory. The city kicked off the season with carols and a few talented young artists.
Whether it's your first time at the Hutto Christmas tree lighting or it feels like the 50th time, it's hard to beat the excitement the event brings.
A Cedar Park, Texas home is maybe a bit smaller than Santa's workshop, but it delivers the same amount of Christmas magic.
Plumbers are warning Austinites to be mindful of what you put down your disposal ahead of "Brown Friday."
Earlier this year, more than 1300 residents signed a petition opposing the Taylor City Council's move to give itself a 4,000 percent pay raise. That inspired another petition, presented to council this week.