Lauren Soulek

Being born and raised in KELOLAND, I’m grateful to have the opportunity to tell the stories of the people and places I grew up around. I was born in Mitchell, South Dakota, but spent the majority of my childhood growing up in Delmont, South Dakota. After graduating from Tripp-Delmont High School in 2016 I made my way to Vermillion and attended the University of South Dakota. While at USD I spent much of my time being a part of the student media organizations. I broadened my love for writing with The Volante, the student-ran newspaper, and then learned all that I know about broadcast journalism while being a member of Coyote News, the student-ran news show. I graduated from USD in December of 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in both Media & Journalism as well as International Studies. 

I first started with KELOLAND News as an intern in the summer of 2019 and I’m grateful they hired me on as a full-time MMJ/reporter as soon as I graduated five months later. Working both weekdays and on the weekend, I get the opportunity to meet so many people across KELOLAND and do a wide variety of stories.

I went into journalism because of my love for writing but quickly realized it’s the stories themselves that I love the most. Meeting new people every day, hearing their life experiences and learning about the things they are passionate about is what I will always enjoy most about this career. Feel free to tell me your story by getting in touch with me through email or social media.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family (I’m the youngest of three girls), listening to music, hiking whenever I can and going to concerts. Though I love all types of music, whenever someone asks me who my favorite artists are, I usually always respond with the Backstreet Boys and Taylor Swift. However, my favorite concert I’ve been to is a tie between the Backstreet Boys and a Canadian band called Marianas Trench. 

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