Lauren Trager is an investigative journalist and a member of the News 4 Investigates Team.
Lauren’s investigative reporting has been recognized with multiple regional Emmy awards, a regional Edward R. Murrow award and a Missouri Broadcaster’s award for Investigative Reporting.
Perhaps most notably, Lauren’s work revealed serious allegations against Missouri’s highest elected official. The resulting reporting detailed criminal charges and impeachment proceedings against the state’s governor and his ultimate resignation from office.
In other examples, her undercover reporting was cited in federal filings as reason for a business to shutter its doors. An in-depth piece on the marriage age in Missouri culminated in a statewide change in the law to better protect children. Lauren has reported on all manner of stories, from tornado and storm damage, to crimes of corruption and cover up and a number of issues impacting Illinois and Missouri families, particularly focusing on health, safety, crime and the court system.
Prior to KMOV, Lauren worked in multiple journalism platforms including newspapers, radio and television. She spent eight years as an anchor and reporter at KARK in Little Rock, AR. She has also worked in the government sector. Lauren moved to St. Louis in 2013 and is now proud to consider the region her home.
She is a graduate of Kalamazoo College in Michigan where she developed a passion for writing and journalism.
When not working, Lauren enjoys reading, podcasts, binging on Netflix and Hulu, and hanging out with her friends and her husband and their two pups.