So You Think You Can Dance
“I've wanted to be a journalist as long as I can remember. As my mom will tell you, I've always been nosy!” Lauren Sanchez
Celebrity Lauren Sanchez was nominated for an Emmy Award for a report on aluminum baseball bats, a gig she did as a correspondent for “Fox Sports News.” Starting out as a desk assistant in 1993, Sanchez is also recognized as a former host of the FOX reality series “So You Think You Can Dance” (2005-2006), an occasional guest host on “Good Day L.A.,” anchor for KCOP-TV's “UPN 13 News” and an entertainment reporter for “Fox News.” She has also appeared in many movies, including “Fight Club” (1999), “The Day After Tomorrow” (2004), “Fantastic Four” (2005) and “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer” (2007), and “Akeelah and the Bee” (2006) and such TV series as “Dirt” (2008). She recently appeared in “Days of Our Lives” and “The Big Picture” (both 2010.
Sanchez is married to Patrick Whitesell. They have two children together. Prior to the marriage, she was romantically involved with football player Anthony Miller, with whom she had a son in 2001, and actor Henry Simmons (separated in 2003).
A passionate runner, Sanchez completed her first Boston Marathon in 2005.
Mother of 4
Childhood and Family:
Wendy Lauren Sanchez, professionally known as Lauren Sanchez, was born on December 19, 1969, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. After graduating high school, she moved to Los Angeles and attended El Camino College in Torrance, California. She wrote for the college newspaper and was named the “Dean at El Camino.” She next won a scholarship to the University of Southern California, where she majored in communications.
On August 20, 2005, Lauren married talent agent Patrick Whitesell in a luxurious wedding attended by superstars like Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Jessica Alba and Hugh Jackman. The couple welcomed their first child together, a son they named Evan, on June 22, 2006. Their daughter, Eleanor Patricia (Ella), was born on January 15, 2008. Lauren also has a son named Nikko (born in 2001) with former football’s Tony Gonzalez, and a stepson from Whitesell's previous relationship.
Lauren Sanchez kicked off her broadcasting career in 1993 as a news assistant for KCOP-TV in Los Angeles. She later served as an anchorwoman and reporter for KTVK-TV, an ABC affiliate in Phoenix, Arizona, and became a correspondent for the nationally syndicated entertainment news program “Extra!” Progressing to the Fox Sports Network, Sanchez was hired as anchor/reporter on “Fox Sports Tonight” and a correspondent for the sports magazine “Going Deep.”
In 1999, Sanchez returned to KCOP-TV to anchor “UPN 13 News.” She also emerged as an entertainment reporter for FOX 11's “10 O'clock News” on KTTV in L.A. She made her first feature film appearance in the David Fincher blockbuster hit “Fight Club” (1999), as a reporter. After becoming a finalist in the national hosting contest for the ABC syndicated talk show “The View” (2000), Sanchez served as a substitute co-host for “Good Day L.A.“ However, she is perhaps best recognized for her hosting gig on the first season of Fox's reality television show “So You Think You Can Dance” (2005-2006).
Sanchez continues to make cameo appearances in many films and TV series. She played a newscaster in the Harrison Ford and Josh Hartnett starring vehicle “Hollywood Homicide” (2003), appeared in the disaster film “The Day After Tomorrow” (2004), which starred Dennis Quaid and Jake Gyllenhaal, and as a news anchor in the thriller “Cellular” (2004). In addition, she was featured as a reporter in such films as “Fantastic Four” (2005), “Akeelah and the Bee” (2006), “Zoom” (2006) and “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer” (2007). She also appeared in episodes of “The Agency” (2002), “Dirt” (2008) and “Days of Our Lives” (2010).