Why She’s Amazing
Laura Langemo doesn’t want to be a princess. She wants to be more.
In 7th grade, Laura decided that she wanted to be a journalist; and, in high school, she joined her school news program. A popular evening anchor at the time encouraged Laura’s ambitions, and she never looked back.
As a former member of the FOX6 news team, Laura won the hearts of viewers with her infectious personality and willingness to try just about anything. She also won the respect of viewers and her peers with in-depth pieces such as her EMMY-nominated series on pre-mature birth.
We had a chance to ask Laura a few questions. We don’t know if we’re more impressed by this modern day trailblazer’s adventurous spirit or professional determination!
“Take a leap of faith and watch the puzzle of life come together.” – Laura Langemo
Q & A
Q: When you were a young girl, what did you want to be when you grew up and why?
A: When I was a very little girl I wanted to be a hair dresser because I thought it would be fun. I also wanted to be an Olympic runner, because I enjoyed running. It was when I was in about the 7th grade I decided I wanted to be a journalist. I loved meeting new people and talking to them and learning their stories. I wanted the opportunity to share these stories with a larger audience.
Q: What did people think when you told them that?
A: I am very fortunate that I have a very supportive family. They have been there for me in everything I’ve done. When I began pursuing a career in journalism, I had to move around a lot and work crazy shifts. My family has motivated me, worked around my schedule for holidays, and they’ve always come to visit.
Q: Did people call you “princess” when you were a little girl and, if so, how did that make you feel?
A: The only people I remember calling me a princess were my parents, but they always said it in a loving way. I understand this term can have a negative connotation in the context in which it is used. However, my parents always told me that I’m strong, intelligent, and that I can do anything I try hard to do. Parents play such a critical role in building a young girl’s confidence and self-esteem.
Q: How did you become interested in broadcast media?
A: I became interested in journalism when I was in middle school. When I was in high school, I joined our school news program called “The Rebel Report.” I loved the class and that’s when I really began pursuing this career.
Q: Did you have a mentor or role model who inspired you?
A: I would choose my parents, Vicki and Steve. They are both strong and confident people with an incredible work ethic. They are also very kind and humble people. I was always a very loud and outgoing child. Instead of trying to get me to be quiet, they encouraged me to speak my mind and embrace my big personality. It is these values they have instilled in me that helped me become successful in life.
Also, Paul Magers who was the evening anchor at KARE 11 News in Minneapolis. He now he works in Los Angeles. When I was in high school, I had to write a paper on someone in the field I wanted to get into. I tried reaching out to some people in the business, but I was ignored. Then I thought I would reach out to Paul Magers, but I never thought I would hear back from him because he was a really big deal. I called and left him a message at the station. The next day, he called me back! I couldn’t believe it. He let me interview him over the phone and was so kind and funny. Then, he invited my family and I to the studio to watch a live newscast. He gave me a tour, let me sit in the studio during the show, and even invited me to take pictures with him on set during commercial breaks. I was amazed that he did all that for some high school kid who said she wanted to be a TV reporter. This really taught me to do the same for others. Whenever students or young people reach out to me, I try to treat them with the same kindness that Paul Magers showed me. I will never forget what he did for me.
Q: Did your family and friends support your aspirations?
A: I am very blessed to have an amazing family. We are incredibly close and they have supported me in everything I have done in life. Broadcast journalism can be a very competitive and tough business, but my family has been there for me every step of the way.
Q: Did you think about being called a “trailblazer” for choosing this path?
A: Initially, I did not. But as I began my career I discovered the positive impact I can have on young women. I can be a role model as a strong, confident and successful woman.
Q: What motivates you?
A: My family motivates me. This is not an easy business, and there were times at the beginning of my career I almost gave up. But my family was always there to lift me up and inspire me to pursue my dream.
Q: Of what are you most proud?
A: That I achieved what I said I was going to accomplish as I child. In middle school, I decided I wanted to be a TV journalist and that’s who I am today. Not many people have a dream as a child and then follow through with it. I think more people need to believe in themselves and not always pick the safe choice. Take a leap of faith and watch the puzzle of life come together.
Q: What would you like people to learn from you?
A: During my live shots, I’m willing to try just about anything, making myself vulnerable. I want people to know it’s okay to try something new and even fail at first. You have to be able to laugh at yourself and not live in fear of what can go wrong.
Q: What three words would you like people to use to describe you?
A: Kind. Funny. Confident.
Q: What do you want people to know about you outside of your professional accomplishments?
A: People always ask my co-workers and I if I’m as goofy in real life as I am on TV. The truth is, yes. I love joking around and playing pranks on people. I even have silly nicknames and sometimes even theme songs for my family and friends.
Q: Who do you follow on social media that shares your passion for new experiences and inspiring stories?
A: I follow celebrities and journalists on social media, but I find the most inspiration from my family and friends. My mom will commonly post inspiring messages. My friend, Bryan Piatt, also writes uplifting posts to bring up people’s spirit.
Q: If you could eat lunch with one person, who would it be?
A: I would love to have lunch with Barbara Walters. She is a pioneer for female journalists and has interviewed just about everyone. I can only imagine the stories she has.
Q: Which woman would you choose to have on U.S. currency?
A: I would choose Harriet Tubman. She is an iconic woman in our history. Her bravery is incredible. She did not allow the people suppressing her to take her spirit. Instead, she stood up for what’s right and put her life on the line doing so.
Q: What advice would you give to a girl who right now wants to be just like you?
A: I would tell her to stay true to yourself and maintain your morals and values. Get a good education and follow your dreams. Like my mother always said, “You can do anything you try hard to do.” Tell yourself you can and don’t let others negativity bring you down. Once you do achieve success, stay humble. Help others who are wearing the shoes you were once in to achieve their dreams.
Bonus Question: What question would you ask the next Modern Day Trailblazer we interview?
A: Is there a lesson you learned as a child or young woman that shaped the person you are today?
- The last book Laura read was Zen and the Art of Happiness by Chris Prentiss.
- Her go-to karaoke song is “Shoop” by Salt-N-Peppa.
- For work, Laura is always on time. Otherwise, she tends to be a little late, and her family would tell you she’s a slow poke.
- Her favorite quote is “People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou
- Laura is currently binge-watching Empire, which happens to be a FOX show.