By: Martha Sparks Society Editor
September 1, 2013
Laura Hatfield of Chapmanville was awarded Radio Broadcast Journalist of the Year and Best Anchor at the Associated Press Broadcasters Association’s 2012 Broadcast Journalism Awards ceremony held June 8 at the Charleston Civic Center.
Hatfield won the awards on behalf of WMUL, Marshall’s student run radio station. At WMUL Hatfield has worked as a Disc Jockey, reporter, weather reporter, news brief reporter, co-host of Have U Herd, news anchor, and has been the News Director for the past two years. WMUL won three firsts and 10 second place awards at the ceremony.
She is a 2008 graduate of Chapmanville Regional High School. While in high school, Hatfield was a member of Spanish Club, Prayer Club, Key Club, and the Dance Team. She studied dance for 12 years under the instruction of Dena Wigel with the Dance Studio and enjoys doing shows with The Aracoma Story Inc. Hatfield is also a proud member of the Chapmanville Calvary Baptist Church. She graduated from Marshall University May 05, 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Broadcast Journalism.
Hatfield is currently a 2nd year Graduate Student at Marshall taking courses to receive her Masters of Arts in Journalism with a certificate in Integrated Strategic Communications.
Aside from working at WMUL Hatfield is very involved around the Marshall University’s campus. She was an active member of the Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority where she held many chairmanships including Vice President in 2010, and President in 2011. She received Marshall University’s 2012 sorority president of the year award in April, and was a member of the 2011 homecoming court. Hatfield is very involved with the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Marshall. She anchored the four minute daily broadcast, Up to the Minute, worked as a reporter for the college newspaper, The Parthenon, and the school news broadcast, MU Report as part of classes.
Hatfield is the daughter of Sharon Hatfield and the late Ohney Hatfield and the goddaughter of Michael and Sherri Smith of Chapmanville.