Laural Porter can be seen weeknights on KGW NewsChannel 8 anchoring NewsChannel 8 at 6:30 with Tracy Barry, Newschannel 8 at 11 with Joe Donlon and at 10:00 p.m. on NewsChannel 8 on Portland’s CW 32. She also hosts KGW NewsChannel 8’s current affairs show, "Straight Talk", which airs Saturday evenings at 6:30.
Laural has been honored with numerous awards including the prestigious national Edward R. Murrow award for feature reporting in 2011. She won a national award from the Mental Health Association for her coverage of mental health issues. She is a five-time northwest regional Emmy award winner and 2012 winner of a western regional Associated Press award for feature reporting. She’s earned numerous awards from the Society of Professional Journalism, Associated Press and Oregon Association of Broadcasters.
Laural joined KGW Newschannel 8 in 2000 after a varied career in broadcasting. She started in radio at KSON radio in San Diego as a news writer, and as the "KSON Cowgirl" making public appearances for the station. She worked her way into radio "on air" news reporting.
She took her first television position at KIFI-TV in Idaho Falls, Idaho, doing weather reports and feature reports called "Porter Reports." She was an anchor and reporter at KTVB (NBC) in Boise, Idaho; KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California; and WESH-TV (NBC) in Orlando, Florida.
Laural has run the Portland Marathon several times and qualified for the Boston Marathon, which she ran in record heat in 2004. She has also run marathons for the Leukemia Society's “Team in Training” and over the years raised $7,000 for the Society. Laural says it's one of the most rewarding things she's ever done. She ran in memory of her stepfather who died from leukemia.
Laural also served for several years as the honorary co-chair for the “Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure” in Portland and Vancouver. She was one of the race's top 100 fundraisers for three years. It's an important cause to Laural. Her mother-in-law is a survivor, and she lost her stepmother, who also battled breast cancer.
Laural received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She was named the UCSB Communication Department's Outstanding Graduate.