Laurel Hess

Laurel is a freelance journalist, public relations professional, media trainer, and corporate video producer. She started her own business, Hess Media, after 11 years of experience in television news reporting and production. She is an Emmy® award-winning news reporter who has worked in nearly every media market in the state of Michigan, most recently for WDIV, the NBC affiliate in Detroit. She has been recognized six times by the Associated Press and twice by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters for Excellence in Reporting. She is still on-air as Midwest Correspondent for NBC affiliates around the nation. She has had numerous national appearances including Today, MSNBC, and Rivera Live!

While a reporter for NBC in Detroit, Laurel was responsible for researching, gathering, and reporting the lead story on a nightly basis. Her duties included extensive script writing, copy editing as well as choosing ideas and angles for stories. Laurel has developed superb media contacts throughout the state of Michigan and has long-standing relationships with members of political, business and community power structures.

After leaving the television news business, Laurel put her reporting skills to work in both the automotive world and the world of travel. She spent several years producing and reporting for an automotive magazine show for PBS. She co-hosted the show with respected automotive analyst John McElroy. Her duties included covering new car launches, auto shows and automotive trade shows. She currently continues to provide weekly radio automotive reports and travel reports as needed for the Michigan Talk Network.

Laurel has ventured outside of the world of television and now also provides public relations assistance, media training and corporate video production to clients that range from start-ups and non-profits to America’s largest corporations and agencies.

Laurel attended the University of Michigan and majored in communications. She is currently married with two sons.

Videos hosted by Laurel Hess

Keeping Kids Safe in School

Celebrating Native American Heritage Month

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