Lauren Shehadi is a popular American sportscaster for the Major League Baseball (MLB) Network and a sideline reporter for CBS and Turner Sports.
Lauren Shehadi was born as Julia Lauren Shehadi on 23 May 1983 in McLean, Fairfox County, Virginia, USA. She and her sister were raised by their parents, Michael and Mary, in one of the most expensive zip codes in the Southern part of America. She is an American of Lebanese descent as her grandparents are originally from Lebanon.
She matriculated from Langley High School in 2001 and graduated from the University of Florida.
Even in college, Lauren was preparing for a life in sports journalism. She hosted the university’s sports online show called Gatorzone and it served as the foundation of her successful career today. After doing her hosting duties, she also worked as an intern in “The Best Damn Sports Show Period,” a sports television show which started airing back in 2001 up to 30 June 2009 at Fox Sports Net.
After college, Lauren went back to the show and stayed for a while. In 2009, after sending a hundred VHS demo tapes, she was offered a job by Jim Olson as a weekend sports anchor in Minot, North Dakota for KXMC-TV. The station owned by Nexstar Media Group with CBS/CW affiliation covers both local and national news and sports. She also accepted a job as a producer for SNN in Sarasota, Florida, and had a short stint with Comcast Sportsnet. Due to KXMC-TV station’s affiliation with CBS, she was soon noticed by CBS Sports Network. Lauren became an anchor and reporter for the station covering various events. She also co-hosted other popular shows such as SEC Tailgate, Fantasy Football Today, and also the ALT Games with American freestyle skier Jonny Moseley.
She stayed with CBSSport.com and CBS College Network until 2012.
With her sports knowledge and wits, a bigger sports media channel offered her a spot in their network. Lauren joined Major League Baseball (MLB) Network and her first hosting job was with sports commentator Matt Yallof in the show entitled, “The Rundown.” Soon after, she was given more projects across the network’s programming schedule. She is with the daily morning show, MLB Central, with veteran sports anchor Robert Flores and network analyst Mark DeRosa during the regular season. She can also be seen contributing regularly in the daily morning show “Hot Stove,” during the offseason.
Aside from her work with MLB, she hosted a podcast called, “The Podium,” in 2018. It was produced by NBC Sports Group and VOX Media. It was created particularly to cover the 2018 Winter Olympics Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. On the same year, she was tapped by TBS network to cover the American League Championship Series by being the on-field commentator during the event. This 2020, Lauren was chosen to be a sideline reporter for NCAA March Madness by CBS and Turner Sports. She will be joined by Wally Szczerbiak, Adam Lefkoe, Adam Sucker, and basketball superstar Dwayne Wade as new commentators for the annual tournament. They were supposed to complete the coverage team along with the veteran studio anchors, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the event was cancelled and it was rescheduled in 2021.
— Lauren Shehadi (@LaurenShehadi) October 1, 2019
Aside from the very rare mentions of her family in her social media accounts, little else is known about her personal life. She is keeping everything private. People could only speculate by looking for meaning behind the photos that she shares to the public via her Instagram account. It was rumored that she is engaged already based from the kind of rings that can be seen on her ring finger. No one has seen the fiancé and no official press release of any kind was given to the public. Her friends are quiet as well. Nevertheless, her fans congratulated her. Lauren also mentioned she has a kid during an interview she had with Hoda and Jenna at the “Today Show,” but other than that, no details are shared to the public.
When Lauren is not busy with work, she spends her extra time with Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps those with Multiple Sclerosis disease and their families get an improved quality of life. She has started a social movement called, “Secret Admire Her,” where people get to nominate any inspiring woman and Lauren will put a spotlight on her online. It is her way of celebrating kindness toward amazing women in the community. She likes to give back wherever and whenever she can even in this simple way. She promoted the joint project of MLB and Project Sunshine where they gave Creative Craft Kits to young kids who are often isolated in medical institutions due to their illness.
MLB is now part of the volunteer group donating financial assistance and time preparing care packages for those young patients.
Her wits and wide knowledge about sports particularly of baseball is not the only reason why she has a growing number of supporters. In 2010, she was one of the top five nominees for Playboy’s Sexiest Sportscaster, and since she started appearing regularly in major networks, she has always been considered as one of the most beautiful sportscasters in America. Lauren was hooked to the game of baseball after watching a game with her father when she was 12 years old. During an interview, she said, ‘I fell in love with this great game at age 12. I remember it so vividly.
The Angels were in town to face the Orioles, and growing up in the D.C Metropolitan area, Cal Ripken Jr. was larger than life, and he was breaking Lou Gehrigs’ consecutive games played streak. The standing ovation was twenty minutes. It was a who’s-who in the crowd. Presidents of the past, baseball royalty…I remember thinking, this guy has played 17 years, never missed a day of work. That is something to idolize for me.’ Her dream project is to have a show that tracks down athletes during the offseason. Whether they go back to their hometowns, travel abroad, or participate in their charities, she wants to feature the other side of the athletes to the viewers.
Social Media Accounts
She has an Instagram account with about 60,000 followers and a Twitter account with around 70,000 followers.
Both accounts are mostly about her professional work and charity work. There are very few posts about her family and she never answers any questions about them as well.
She is 5ft 9ins (1.79m) tall, weighs around 125lbs (56kgs), and her vital statistics are estimated to be 36-25-38 (inches). She has long black hair and black eyes.
Lauren is having a stable career as a sportscaster in a very male-dominated field. Sources estimated her net worth to be over $1,000,000 as of early 2020. She can definitely continue sharing her blessings through the different charities close to her heart without worrying about her finances.