Meet Lauren Jones, 2019 Most Admired Woman — Media
WAVE 3 News Morning Anchor Lauren Jones was voted by Today’s Woman magazine readers as the 2019 Most Admired Woman in Media.
Morning Anchor, WAVE 3 News
Family: Husband Jude Redfield; children Marin, Evelyn, and Leo
Area of town: Oldham County
Lauren Jones is a meteorologist who, as a child, was terrified of weather. During storms, she would take a twin mattress into the bathtub along with her stuffed animals. While she considered working for the National Weather Service, she eventually made her way to broadcast television. She feels lucky to work on big weather days as well as cover the news in the morning. With her husband also a trained meteorologist, her children knew at early ages the different types of clouds and which ones mean storms are brewing.
What is your favorite aspect of meteorology?
I’m a severe weather junkie. I take the mindset of “information is power.” If I’m able to know what’s going on and feel informed, it makes me less anxious.
What is the best thing about your job?
My driving force is my family. I’ve been blessed that the hours I work allow me to spend the majority of the day with my family. I realize a lot of parents don’t get home until seven or eight at night. When it comes to work, the best thing is the people. I come into work in my pajamas, my hair is wet and slicked back every morning, no makeup. They see all the layers peeled back. It’s nice to know that I’m able to work with people who always have my back.
What is a challenging aspect of your job?
The hours. [Lauren’s alarm goes off at 1:30am. She gets to work at 3am.]
What do you do to relax?
We’re big on watching family movies. We love going outside and going on family walks. I also love walking around Target.
Are you a person who likes to be busy or chill on vacations?
We normally go to the beach every summer, and I look forward to it. The second it’s over, I’m thinking, “I can’t wait for 365 days from now to do it all over again.” We go to Hilton Head, South Carolina, all the time. We are very much the relaxing family. We wake up, go to the pool, go to the beach, go on walks, ride bikes, and make dinner. And then we do it all over again the next day.
Who does the cooking in your house?
My husband’s a really good cook. I’ll burn everything. My daughter said, “You make the best fruit.” I said, “You know I just cut it.” I don’t do anything else. I can make a mean fruit.
How does your job help you feel or show gratitude?
We report on the worst of the worst. I find myself so many times a day thinking, “I can’t even fathom what that family is going through.” I’m really grateful. I’ve got healthy kids, a great husband, a great family.
What word best describes you?
Loyal. I have a handful of lifelong close friends who I really value.
What makes you lose track of time?
I feel like I really don’t ever lose track of time. I think when you talk to anyone who works in morning television, there’s a bit of sleep anxiety that goes along with it. You’re constantly counting down to when you’re finally able to sleep, and then you’re counting down how much time you still have to sleep when you’re trying to fall asleep. I’m very routine.
Congratulate Lauren and the other winners in person at our 2019 Most Admired Woman event at The Olmsted on June 25. Purchase your tickets here.