Bay News 9's Laurie Davison is a general assignment reporter based in the Hillsborough County newsroom but she covers news in a seven-county area.
Laurie is a TV news veteran whose work has earned numerous industry awards. Her honors include multiple Emmy's for spot news coverage and reporting, "Individual Achievement in Reporting" awards from the Florida Associated Press and Tennessee Associated Press, the Society of Professional Journalists' National Mark of Excellence , Green Eyeshade and Sunshine State awards, a National Headliner award and two prestigious regional Edward R. Murrow awards for feature reporting and writing.
During her time at Bay News 9, Laurie has covered major stories including the landmark Terri Schiavo case, the 2004 hurricane season, the search for police murderer Dontae Morris, the Casey Anthony court decision, the Seminole Heights serial killer and Hurricane Michael. She's also frequently seen covering "Breaking News" events throughout the Tampa Bay region.
Laurie enjoys the spontaneity and challenges of the job and she's passionate about storytelling. She's ridden through hail while chasing tornadoes in Tennessee, weathered state politics in Alabama's capital and juggled Texas-sized rodeos.
Although she grew up in Daytona Beach, Florida, Laurie's career began in Midland, Texas where she was an anchor, reporter and producer. From there, she worked on-air for tv stations in Meridian, Mississippi, Montgomery, Alabama and Memphis, Tennessee.
Laurie graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in Telecommunications and a minor in Speech Communications. While there, she was active in campus activities and was inducted into Florida Blue Key Leadership Honorary.
In her spare time, Laurie enjoys traveling, going to movies and live theater, spending time by the water, bargain shopping and spoiling her dog.