CLEVELAND — Laura Caso is an Emmy Award-winning journalist with a passion for telling stories that matter most. She is proud to anchor alongside Russ Mitchell on "3News at 6" and "What's Next" at 11 p.m. at a station with an outstanding reputation that understands the importance of local news.
Laura began her career by way of Elmira, New York, where she anchored the morning news for WENY-TV. After exploring the Twin Tiers, she moved to Jacksonville, Florida, where she proudly served as weekend anchor and reporter for TEGNA on First Coast News. The next step in her journey took her to WAVY-TV in Hampton Roads, Virginia, where she anchored several evening broadcasts and contributed to the launch of two new evening newscasts. Laura is beyond thrilled to return to TEGNA and focus on what the company does best: hard-hitting journalism.
Laura is an Emmy-winning journalist for her series titled "The Faces of COVID," which emphasized the people and families impacted by the coronavirus. She made it her mission to introduce the community to names behind the numbers. Daily statistics and graphs become "number soup" and reading the updated case counts quickly lost the magnitude and significance of the crisis. However, with "The Faces of COVID," Laura humanized the loss and reminded viewers why this pandemic cannot be whittled down to merely math and figures.
Laura has also been nominated several times for her report on breaking news coverage, and has been honored with several awards at local and state levels throughout her career. Most recently, she was awarded by the Associated Press for Best Coverage of a Spot News Story. She also received an award for Best Newscast at a Large Television Market by the Virginia Associated Press Broadcasters.
While in Virginia, Laura covered the arrival of President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence on two separate occasions, and contributed to team coverage of several high-profile stories including the tragic mass shooting in Virginia Beach. She has anchored wall-to-wall coverage during tornadoes and hurricanes in Virginia, North Carolina and beyond. Yet, it is the more human accounts that touch Laura the most and hold a place in her heart forever. Laura's continuing coverage in 2019 of a young boy's battle with cancer allowed him to find the life-saving liver he needed — allowing Laura to experience first-hand the life-changing positive impact her work can have.
Laura is a proud alumna of University of Miami, where she majored in Music and Broadcast journalism. A Massachusetts native, Laura’s love for music was woven throughout her childhood — singing at a Boston Red Sox game with her school choir remains a cherished memory. Laura began creating children’s stories at a young age as well, and this is undoubtedly where her passion for journalism and writing blossomed. In the fifth grade, Laura's book entitled "Chicken Pox Explosion" was published, and her first book signing remains one of her proudest moments. She continues reading to children along the east coast and whether it is hard news copy or a fairy tale, Laura thrives on telling a good story.
Laura has always been an advocate of children's literacy, and over the last several years has served on the board for the Alzheimer's Association while also being an advocate for AIDS awareness, suicide and drug addiction prevention, and of course, childhood cancer awareness.
When Laura is not in the studio or reporting on a story, you will find her exploring Cleveland and its delightful and diverse neighborhoods. She and her husband love to travel and spend time with their pup, Sadie. Her deep Italian roots have instilled in her the importance of family, friends and of course, food. Laura enjoys cooking and baking and hopes to one day master her mother’s homemade pistachio cake. She is thrilled to serve Northeast Ohio and looks forward to getting to know the amazing people who call it home.