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1819 News is thrilled to announce the addition of a talented and experienced journalist to the investigative team.

Lauren Walsh, a seasoned journalist with years of experience, will be working to inform readers about important issues happening in the state of Alabama.

“I’m excited to join the 1819 News team, which is prioritizing investigative journalism with the time and resources it needs to make a real difference in Alabama," said Walsh. "Shining a light on the truth holds those in power accountable and is an essential piece of our democracy.”

1819 News Editor-in-Chief Ray Melick said the addition of Walsh further demonstrates the commitment to old-fashioned investigative journalism.

"Lauren has built a reputation for both being fair and thorough in her reporting, and because of that, she earned the trust of her audience throughout the state," said Melick. "We’re excited that she would choose to continue her journalism career as part of the 1819 News team.

“We are giving Lauren the freedom to pursue stories that other news outlets just don’t have time and resources to go after. We believe that will pay off in stories that will hold those in positions of power accountable, while educating and enlightening the people of Alabama.”

Walsh previously worked as a reporter for seven years at Birmingham-area station ABC 33/40. While there, she focused on state and local government, as well as looking into local organizations and businesses and their practices.

“I worked with Lauren for several years as a producer,” said 1819 News Managing Editor Erica Thomas. “I saw that spark she had and she’s still got it! She’s very aware and informed, and she’s not afraid to ask the tough questions and really dig for the truth. She will do what we say at 1819 News, and that is, 'Rise to the moment of truth.”

A graduate of the University of Central Florida with degrees in broadcast journalism and political science, Walsh has lived in Alabama since 2014. Before working in Alabama, she reported for the NBC affiliate in Augusta, Georgia.

Walsh has won numerous awards including Best Investigative Reporting by the Alabama Associated Press.

She lives in Birmingham with her husband and young son.

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