Lauren Estes-Velez Joins Cullman Today

Lauren Estes-Velez is a graduate of Falkville High School and the University of North Alabama where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Communications. Her major was broadcast-journalism.

The beginning of Estes’s communications career started in 2010 when she was named an intern at “LeESPN” with the Rick and Bubba Show. She was hired as the 2011 sideline reporter for the UNA Lions football team. She was also a color analyst on the UNA sports network alongside the voice of the UNA lions J.D. Byars, formerly of Hartselle, for two basketball seasons.

She was recently named the 2018 South Alabama Jags/ESPN+ football Sideline reporter.

Alongside writing and sports, Estes-Velez has a passion for fitness, personal training, running, and biking. She is much involved with area running events, the MS-150 cycle race, and triathlons.

Lauren worked at The Cullman Times newspaper as a beat reporter from March 2012 to May 2013. After that, she worked with the Hartselle Enquirer as a freelance reporter primarily covering sports for the past five years. She was a full-time reporter from December 2016 to March 2018. She has also provided freelance work with CBS Sports, the SEC Network. and ESPN.

“I’m eager to be involved in the community and have breaking news out to the public to keep everyone informed and aware,” Estes said. “If you have a legitimate news tip, special events, or story that can be beneficial to the community and the general public, please, don’t hesitate to contact me.”


Cullman Today is both pleased and excited to be a part of Lauren’s return to journalism in Cullman County. You can expect to see her sharp insights and illuminating news reporting here at Cullman Today beginning immediately.


Lauren Estes-Velez Joins Cullman Today

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