Bolts for life-Getting to know me, Lauren Burg

Hey everyone. My name is Lauren Burg but everyone just calls me Lauren. I graduated from the University of South Florida (St. Petersburg campus) with my journalism degree in December 2009. I am now a new staff writer here for “Bolts by the Bay”.

I’ve been a sports fan my entire life. I was born into a family that loves sports (well except for my sisters. I’m not sure what happened there!) I grew up watching, and loving, football. I was of course a Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan (I think that comes with the territory when you live down here!) I was also a huge fan of the Auburn Tigers NCAA football because both my parents went to Auburn when they were in college.

When I was just 7 years old I knew I wanted to become a writer. I just didn’t know at that point what I wanted to write about. I started experimenting with everything at this point. I wrote stories, I wrote football articles; pretty much anything I could write about I would.

However, come 2004, I watched a magical run by the Tampa Bay Lightning, one that culminated in them winning the Stanley Cup. It was then that I became truly interested in the game of hockey. I went to my first game the year following the lockout (2006) and it was amazing. I knew then that hockey and I were simply meant to be together.

That same year (2006) I entered the part of college where you have to start nailing down exactly what kind of writing you’d like to do. Needless to say, when I was asked it didn’t take me long to respond. I knew I wanted to write about hockey, mainly the Tampa Bay Lightning, for a major newspaper. To get myself closer to that goal I became a Sports Correspondent for the “St. Petersburg Times”, covering high school athletics, in August 2007. I still work for them to this very day and am thankful for that because you have to start somewhere.

When I was told that this blog was looking for writers I jumped at the chance. I knew I needed to get myself out there and let people see how passionate I really am about the sport of hockey and the Tampa Bay Lightning. Yes, I AM THE THUNDER and of course I have been, and always will be, ALL IN FOR LIFE!!!

I will mainly be doing game recaps but am already working on a piece where I’ll get fan reactions to the new renovations at the St. Pete Times Forum following the Lightning’s home opener.

Any suggestions you have for me please feel free to let me know. I am on Facebook (username: Lauren Burg) and Twitter (@TBLightning491). I look forward to interacting with all of you during this upcoming season.


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