- Full Name Laura Okmin
- Occupation Journalist, Sportscaster
- Nationality American
- Birthplace Chicago, USA
- Birth Date Jun 11, 1972
- Age 51 Years, 5 Months
- Zodiac Sign Gemini
- University University of Kansas
- Education Graduated
- Relationship Status Married
- Husband Michael Hagerty
- Wedding Date 2017
- Height 5 feet 8 inches (1.72 m)
- Net Worth Undisclosed
Laura Okmin | BiographyThird-longest tenured sideline correspondent in the league’s history
Around a decade ago, Okmin founded the organization GALvanize, which allows women in sports to network and interact, share ideas, and inspire one another. She is now putting her experience into assisting other women who want to make a name for themselves in the industry. Galvanize’s mission is to empower and educate the next generation of female leaders. Seminars, forums, training sessions, and boot camps are also held to support interested women.
Laura Okmin is a reporter for FOX’s National Football League (NFL) coverage. She is the third-longest tenured sideline correspondent in the league’s history.
Who is Laura Okmin?
Laura Okmin, age 49, is an American journalist who began her broadcasting career as a sports reporter and anchor in Montgomery, Alabama, and Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Okmin started working as a reporter and host for CNN in 1997. After that, she spent five years in media production, anchoring the network’s premier sports shows such as CNN Early Edition, CNN Morning News, and Page One, before leaving in 2002.
Okmin then worked for TNT/TBS Sports from 2002 to 2003, where she hosted Braves and Thrasher's coverage as well as reported on the NBA Playoffs.
Simultaneously, she joined Fox Sports Networks as a host, anchor, and reporter in 2002. Since then, she has hosted FOXSports.com’s coverage of the 2012 Summer Games in London and the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.
In addition, Okmin had also hosted three national FSN shows while assisting as a reporter for the Orange and Fiesta BCS Bowl Game. As an AFC reporter, she contributed to the network’s 2018-2019 Divisional Playoffs coverage.
Okmin has also performed alongside the biggest names on the biggest stages. Over two decades, she has worked on over ten Super Bowls, multiple NBA Finals, three Olympics, World Series, and All-Star Games.
Okmin is the founder of LO Productions, where she created PROfiles, a 30-minute series that introduced NFL players off the field and aired on FSN. She was the show’s host and its executive producer.
Okmin has also published a children’s book titled ‘Mommy Has Cancer’ in 2002. She wrote the book in memory of her late mother.
Besides, Okmin serves on the Advisory Board of the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission and the University of Kansas William Allen White Journalism School as a Board of Trustees.
Moreover, Okmin travels the country, giving talks to corporations and institutions. She also works with the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association as a media and communications specialist.
She Grew Up in Chicago
Laura Okmin was born on 11 June 1972 and grew up in Chicago. Okmin earned her journalism degree from the University of Kansas.
Her passion for sports began while she was growing up in Chicago. During the Jordan championship years in the 1990s, Okmin had the chance to show off her skills in her hometown, covering the Bulls for SportsChannel.
Founder of GALvanize
Around a decade ago, Okmin founded the organization GALvanize, which allows women in sports to network and interact, share ideas, and inspire one another. She is now putting her experience into assisting other women who want to make a name for themselves in the industry.
Galvanize’s mission is to empower and educate the next generation of female leaders. Seminars, forums, training sessions, and boot camps are also held to support interested women.
According to her bio in WSB, GALVANIZE gave her a purpose to train and encourage young women to join the sports industry on and off camera. It started as a way to provide young women with what Laura lacked as she grew up in the industry: a network of other women.
GALVANIZE boot camps educate participants on how to create their foundations by developing relationships, gaining confidence, going deeper in interviews, and empowering themselves... and each other — all while empowering themselves... and each other. Okmin also founded The Stuart Scott Minority Scholarship in honor of her best friend and ESPN anchor, Stuart Scott, who died in 2015.
In a 2021 interview with Sports Broadcast Journal, when asked what inspires her to start the organization, she said,
“GALvanize started with me simply asking, “How can I help?” It began with 20 women in a 2-day boot camp with no name or vision—just, “How can I help?” Now, over a decade later, we’re over 2,000 women. On air, behind the scenes, PR, agents, producers—we’ve grown to all women in sports from 18 to their 40’s. The mission is simple: To give these women something I would have killed for … a network of women to help them navigate this business.”
Okmin & Her Husband Had an Intimate Wedding
Okmin has been married to her husband, Michael Hagerty, since 2017. She also shared their wedding picture as a trend on Twitter on 26 August 2019. However, there is no information about the pair’s exact wedding date and how they met.
The couple co-founded Okerty Entertainment, which creates scripted and unscripted content for all screens. Okmin and Hagerty currently live together in Nashville with their dog named Booyah.