Lauren Santa Cruz is a shooter, producer, and editor who has reported stories from over 20 countries worldwide for the past eight years. Her latest work was with Fusion, a national network started by ABC News and Univision where she was lead camera for the network's flagship show "America With Jorge Ramos". Lauren was also in charge of managing the show's production duties including: purchasing and managing equipment, researching story ideas, conducting pre-interviews, editing stories for air, and directing a team of shooters and associate/assistant producers. Her work has appeared on shows such as "Meet the Press", "World News", "AC 360", "Rachel Maddow", and "Nightline". She was also nominated for an NAHJ award in TV/Online Journalism alongside anchorman Jorge Ramos for the immigration piece they did while swimming across the Rio Grande from Mexico to the U.S.
Previously Lauren worked at the Center for American Progress in Washington, where her video “Oil and Ice: The Risks of Drilling in Alaska’s Arctic Ocean” was selected in four major film festivals across the country. She also worked as a freelance multimedia journalist for TIME magazine in New York.
Lauren graduated from the University of Miami with a BA in photography and psychology, and she subsequently received her MA in multimedia journalism. As a grad student, she worked with the Knight Center for International Journalism to direct, produce, and edit award-winning international stories that spanned four continents. She worked on stories about primary education in India, displaced migrants in the Dominican Republic, and dispelling stereotypes of the Eastern European Roma people.
Her latest work can be viewed at: vimeo.com/lscmedia
She is from Colombia and was raised in Miami – you can usually find her eating stone crab, with a bloody mary in hand and an ocean view.
Fluent in Spanish. Conversational French
Hostile environment training: Pilgrim Certified
Proficient in: Final Cut Pro, Adobe Avid