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Wendy Lauren Sánchez is an Emmy-winning journalist and TV personality who began her career as a desk assistant at KCOP-TV in Los Angeles. She also held positions as an anchor and reporter at KTVK-TV in Phoenix before joining the syndicated entertainment show Extra as a reporter. From there, Sánchez moved to Fox Sports Net where she served as anchor as well as a correspondent for the sports magazine, Going Deep, and entertainment reporter for FSN's Best Damn Sports Show Period.
In 1999, Sánchez was one of two finalists to co-host ABC's The View with Barbara Walters. The position was ultimately given to Lisa Ling. Sánchez subsequently re-joined KCOP-TV.
Sánchez was the original host of So You Think You Can Dance. Sánchez left the show after one season to have her second child.
In 2009, Sánchez returned to Extra as weekend anchor and special correspondent.
Sánchez currently works as a correspondent and stand-by anchor on Good Day LA, a morning show on KTTV-TV, a Fox affiliate in Los Angeles.
In addition to her Emmy, Sánchez has received numerous awards and other recognition. Sánchez was the original host of So You Think You Can Dance. She left the show after one season to have her second child. Sánchez has appeared as a reporter in many films, including: The Longest Yard, Fantastic Four, The Day After Tomorrow, Akeelah and the Bee, Killer Movie and Fight Club. She also appears in the viral video campaign for The Dark Knight as Lydia Filanjeri, a reporter for Gotham Cable News.
Sánchez was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and graduated from Del Norte High School. She married talent agent Patrick Whitesell in a star-studded $2 million wedding in September 2005 (guests included Whitesell`s clients Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Jessica Alba, and Hugh Jackman). Sánchez has two sons and one daughter: Nikko Gonzalez, born on February 12, 2001 from a relationship with Atlanta Falcons All Pro tight-end, Tony Gonzalez; Evan Whitesell, born on June 22, 2006; and Ella Whitesell, born on January 15, 2008. On the morning of July 4, 2007, while filling in on Good Day LA for Jillian Reynolds, who was on maternity leave, Sánchez announced that she was expecting her third child. Then, on the August 14, 2007 broadcast of Good Day LA, Sánchez revealed that she was having a girl, to be named Eleanor Patricia (Ella) after Sánchez's mother and mother-in-law.
During a brief separation from her husband, Sánchez dated Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane and accompanied him to the 2012 Vanity Fair Oscars after party. She has since reconciled with Whitesell.
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Lauren Wendy Sánchez (born December 19, 1969) is an American news anchor, entertainment reporter, and media personality. She is the co-host on KTTV Fox-11's Good Day LA and the station's Ten o'clock News. She was formerly the weekend anchor and special correspondent on Extra. Sánchez is also a regular contributor on shows including Larry King Live, The Joy Behar Show, Showbiz Tonight and The View.
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