Montana Today Anchor
Laurel Staples joins NBC Montana as co-anchor of Montana Today. She is originally from Polson. She received her degree in radio-television from the University of Montana in 1988 with a minor in dance/drama. Staples most recently served as a news anchor, producer and reporter for the CBS affiliate station in Butte. She has also worked at stations in Helena and Missoula.
Staples is the winner of the 2010 E.B. Craney Television Broadcaster of the Year award. She was part of a news team that received the 2009 E.B Craney award for Program of the Year for coverage of the Mansfield-Metcalf Dinner in Butte that featured then-presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. She also received the 2008 E.B Craney award runner-up for Program of the Year for Face the State - Evel Knievel.
In her free time she has worked as a volunteer for the Orphan Girl Theatre in Butte and the Montana Folk Festival. She recently made her first stage appearance at the Mother Lode Theatre in July playing the role of "Rose" in Neil Simon's play "God's Favorite." Her latest venture has taken her from the stage to the dance floor learning Latin and Swing social dancing.
Laurel has three children ages 10, 14 and 18 and she enjoys spending time with her family at Flathead Lake.
Please email Laurel with any questions, comments or story ideas, or find her on Facebook.