Heritage, Thursdays at 5:30 PM. Hosted by Alan Gerstel and Laurel Sauer, “Heritage” is a showcase of programming that features local South Florida history on a wide range of topics. These award-winning half hour programs were written and produced by our partners at The Education Network (T.E.N.). WXEL is proud to bring you this series for your enjoyment and your enlightenment. To catch any of the previously aired shows, visit our YouTube channel here.
A familiar face in South Florida for 29 years, Laurel Sauer is a well-known media personality in the Palm Beaches.
As an award winning journalist…known for her steady, calm presence and upbeat personality…she was part of the longest running anchor team in South Florida’s history. She appeared on this top-rated newscast for the last 20 years in the West Palm Beach television market. From 1988 until 2008, Laurel worked as the lead female anchor for the 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. newscasts at the #1 rated NBC affiliate, WPTV, in West Palm Beach…NewsChannel-5.
Laurel’s reporting earned her a national “Telly Award” for an in-depth story on a young rape victim. Additionally, Laurel honed her interviewing skills, over her long career, talking to many influential guest such as First Lady Laura Bush, talk show icon Larry King, actress/author Jane Fonda, television star Jane Pauley, comedian Jay Leno, morning show host Matt Lauer and other top local, political leaders, and news-makers.
Previous experience includes working as a co-anchor for eight years at the CBS affiliate, WPEC-TV in West Palm Beach on the 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. newscasts. Before moving back to Florida, Laurel was an anchor/reporter at WALA-TV, CH 10 in Mobile, Alabama where she first learned “non-stop” news coverage during her first hurricane in1979…Hurricane Frederic. Her first job out of college was as an anchor/reporter at the ABC affiliate, WJHG-TV in Panama City, Florida. She earned her BS degree in Broadcasting from the University of Florida Gainesville.
Presently, Laurel devotes much of her spare time to community organizations and is especially well-known for her leadership role in the fight against breast cancer. For over 18 years, Laurel served on the board of directors for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer foundation. During her tenure on the board, she proudly hosted the annual Race for the Cure (attended by 20,000 participants) held in downtown West Palm Beach, Florida.
Laurel lives in Palm Beach Gardens with her husband and two teenage children.