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WWSB goes all out to send off Lauren Dorsett…

As Florida News Center reported two months ago, WWSB-TV anchor Lauren Dorsett announced that she would be departing the Sarasota station after November books. Dorsett is headed to her native Southern California to be close to her family, but has yet to announce any future employment or future work in television. Her final day is tomorrow, November 25th.

She joined WWSB in April 2010 as a transplant from its sister station, WTXL-TV in Tallahassee. In just a short three years, the blonde bomb-shell has captured the hearts of Sarasota…or at least those of the bosses at WWSB. The station has planned a tribute to the three-year tenured anchor, has devoted a special section on its website , and has peppered with promo banners just for her departure. The station writes..

ABC 7’s Lauren Dorsett…over the past three and a half years, you’ve come to know, and love, her as weeknight anchor of Your Suncoast News. Now, as Lauren prepares to say good-bye, we look back at some of her most memorable moments…and hear from organizations that have benefited from Lauren’s work in the community. Join ABC 7 for “A Suncoast Send-Off for Lauren”…beginning Monday at 11:00. To send your good wishes to Lauren, post your comments at the bottom of this page.

Not to take away from the career or person that is Lauren Dorsett (and we do truly mean that), but does anyone think this a tad much for an anchor who has only been with the station for three years and is not even from the area? It certainly helps to be blonde and beautiful (again, no offense to Ms. Dorsett…as she is blonde and beautiful) to garner this much attention.


11 2013

Lauren Dorsett out, Stephanie Roberts joins WWSB…

Sarasota’s WWSB-TV announced today that primary anchor Lauren Dorsett (right #1) is leaving the station to be close to family in her native Southern California. She joined WWSB in May 2010, from its sister station WTXL-TV in Tallahassee. So far there is no word on where she will work in California, or if she will remain in television. Her last day at the station is November 27.

Doresett will be replaced by morning anchor Hayley Wielgus (right #2), co-anchoring the 5, 5:30, and 6 p.m. newscasts with Scott Dennis. She will anchor the 11 p.m. newscast solo and will contribute as a station health reporter.

The station announced that former WFTS meteorologist Stephanie Roberts (left) will officially join their ranks, replacing Hayley Wielgus on the morning show. She will co-anchor Good Morning Suncoast with Don Brennan. As Florida News Center reported in May 2012, Roberts was fired from WFTS for unknown reasons. In the years prior and leading up to, Robert’s became a regular guest meteorologist on the weekend editions of ABC’s Good Morning America. Interestingly, Robert’s new bio on WWSB’s website makes no mention of her four years at Tampa’s WFTS. WWSB and WFTS are both ABC network stations, sharing the same market, with WWSB focusing on the Sarasota/Bradenton/Venice viewership. Her first day on the morning show will be October 7th.



10 2013

Dorsett is a “Rising Star”…

(from – news anchor Lauren Dorsett will be presented with the Broadcaster’s Club of Florida “Rising Star Award” for 2012 at its next luncheon on Friday March 9 beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the SaraBay Golf and Country Club in Sarasota, FL. The award is in recognition of Ms. Dorsett’s exceptional contributions to the Sarasota/Bradenton community, both on-the-air, and for her off-the-air civic service….Cont….


02 2012

Dorsett officially joins WWSB…

As Florida News Center reported last week, Lauren Dorsett is joining Sarasota’s WWSB. Dorsett joins the station from WTXL, replacing veteran anchor Heidi Godman. As stated in the official press release below, she will be the new lead anchor. Read on below…

(from WWSB Press Release) – WWSB, ABC 7 announced today that Lauren Dorsett will join the station as a News Anchor. Beginning on Thursday, April 29th Lauren will anchor ABC 7 News at 5 and 5:30pm in addition to co-anchoring ABC 7 News at 6pm with Scott Dennis.

“We’re very pleased to welcome Lauren to ABC 7,” says News Director Jason Wildenstein. “She is a proven journalist who will continue to bring Suncoast viewers the high level of professionalism they expect.” Dorsett comes to the Suncoast from WTXL in Tallahassee where she worked as the 5pm News Anchor and Health Reporter. “I’m so pleased to join the team here at ABC 7,” says Dorsett. “And I’m looking forward to getting to know the Suncoast and becoming part of this beautiful community.”

Lauren grew up in Simi Valley, CA, a suburb of Los Angeles. Not ready to leave the west coast, she stayed and attended Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles where she graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Television Production with an emphasis on Journalism.

After leaving Los Angeles, Dorsett became a reporter for KCFW in Montana. Her experience there landed her an anchor position for “Montana Today” at KECI in Missoula, where she received the E.B. Craney Award for the state’s top female broadcaster in 2005. Her next step brought Lauren to Tallahassee where she’s spent the past 5 years at WTXL as an Anchor and Reporter.


04 2010

Heidi Godman signs off WWSB…

After twenty two years at Sarasota’s WWSB, veteran anchor Heidi Godman signed off the air last night. She said that she plans on staying in the Sarasota area and closed with a thank you her to family, friends, fellow WWSB’ers and Suncoast viewers.

As Florida News Center reported in March, WWSB and Godman could not come to an agreement on  a new contract/new duties at the station. A day later Godman announced that she was leaving. As we reported earlier this week, Lauren Dorsett is joining WWSB to fill Godman’s anchor chair. Dorsett comes from WWSB’s Tallahassee sister station, WTXL.

Watch Heidi Godman sign off below, followed by a montage of her years at WWSB


04 2010