MISTRESS OF CEREMONIES
LAURA EVANS, Founder of Laura Evans Media
Laura Evans Manatos is President and Founder of Laura Evans Media, a media consulting company working to break through the noise of negative news to ensure audiences learn about the innovative change makers among us. Laura’s clients strive to make us better, our communities healthier and our world kinder. She helps them get their message heard and their story told. Before launching her own media consulting business, Laura served as anchor of Fox 5 News at 5, the top rated 5pm newscast in the nation’s capital.
In her 26 year career, including 18 years as anchor/reporter for Fox5DC, Laura’s reporting earned her several honors and awards including multiple Emmys and Emmy nominations, Associated Press Awards, Golden Mics and a Radio and Television News Directors Association Award for Best News Series.
Laura is known throughout the DC metropolitan area as one of her industry’s most active supporters of local charities. Laura is a founder and leader of the DC Newswomen: a collaboration of more than 20 on air personalities that hosts the annual “NewsBash Against Breast Cancer”, raising money for various local breast cancer charities. She also single handedly launched a successful mindfulness program at a Bethesda elementary school.
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Laura moved to the Nation’s Capital from Santa Barbara where she anchored for the ABC affiliate and covered everything from California Wildfires, the Northridge Earthquake to the OJ Simpson murder trial.
Laura and her husband Mike are raising their 3 children, Sienna, Andrea and Lucas and their yorkie, Gibbs in Bethesda.