Lauren Stanton

Long-time WZZM-TV (Grand Rapids) anchor, Lauren Stanton has announced that she is leaving the station after 18 years as co-anchor of the morning news.

She is stepping away from the camera in May to join her husband John with their business Retro Boat Rentals in Saugatuck.  The couple started the business last summer.”

It’s been a wonderful 18 years at WZZM. I met my best friends here, and loved working with my friends and amazing coworkers, and I’m so thankful to the viewers for their friendship and support over the years,” Stanton said.

Stanton graduated from Central Michigan University and worked two stints in Lansing, where she was an award-winning reporter, before coming to Grand Rapids in 2000. “Viewers have come to love Lauren’s distinctive laugh, her genuine love for people, and her ability to ‘keep it real,’” said Janet Mason, WZZM 13 President & General Manager. “We will all miss Lauren, but understand her desire to not wake-up at 2:30 a.m. any longer, and the excitement of starting a new chapter in her life.”

Stanton’s last day at WZZM will be May 11.

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