CHAPMANVILLE — Laura Hatfield of Chapmanville received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Broadcast Journalism from Marshall University on May 5, 2012, at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington. Hatfield is the daughter of Sharon Hatfield and the late Ohney Hatfield and the goddaughter of Michael and Sherri Smith of Chapmanville.
Hatfield 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. and will be portraying one of the two Princess Aracomas’ in this summer’s production of the Aracoma Story. Hatfield is also a proud member of the Chapmanville Calvary Baptist Church.
While at Marshall, Hatfield 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 also very involved at the college radio station, WMUL. She worked as a DJ, reporter, weather reporter, news brief reporter, co-host of Have U Herd, news anchor, and is currently the News Director there.
This fall Hatfield will return to Marshall for their graduate school where she will be working toward a Master’s Degree in Journalism emphasizing in Public Relations.