Lisa Thomas-Laury Biography
Lisa Thomas-Laury is a retired news presenter who actively served from 1978-2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Throughout her career, she served for WPVI-TV, ABC News, and The Walt Disney Company.
Regarding her personal life, she is married to Dr. William Laury. Together with her husband, she is blessed with two children: Langston Laury and Leland Laury. Scroll down to know more about her including her career, net worth, salary, and personal life.
Lisa Thomas-Laury Net Worth
Serving actively 38-years long as a news presenter for different stations, Thomas-Laury is sure to make huge net worth. However, her net worth remains the main subjects of curiosity to her audiences as she has not revealed any information regarding her financial aspects.
But looking at her career, her net worth is assumed to no less than the seven-digit figure. Also, there is no information about real estate property or car owned by her.
Lisa Thomas-Laury Married, Children
Along with a prosperous career, Lisa Thomas-Laury has a wealthy love life too. She is married to Dr. William Laury. However, there is no information about when the duo started dating or tied the knot. The couple prefers to live their lives in a low key, far from the media attention.
What’s more, Thomas-Laury and her husband are the proud parents of their two sons: Langston Laury and Leland Laury.
Besides this, there are no records of her past affairs or boyfriend.
Lisa Thomas-Laury Career
On February 20, 1978, Lisa Thomas started working at WPVI-TV in Philadelphia. She worked there as for noon co-anchor and reporter. She then was promoted to the 5 p.m. newscast in 1983.
Further, she co-anchored it until 2003 with anchor Marc Howard. Marc is recently retired. She at the same time, worked as the substitution for Jim Gardener.
Not only this but she also has done the monthly Fast Forward series which was geared toward teenagers. The show is currently hosted by Rick Williams. Moreover, she took a locally produced Vision program from Vernon Odom. The program is the African-American oriented.
She is the inspiration for the character Maria from the ‘Guess Who?’ board game. She completely denies this rumor and has said that she acts as a model for the illustrator of the popular game.
The connection which she claims is fully coincidental. She is one of a few American African women who work as an anchor in the Philadelphia market. The Philadelphia market is a group that currently includes her fellow WPVI anchors Shirleen Alicott and Tamala Edwards, KYW anchor Natasha Brown, WTXF anchor Joyce Evans, and WCAU anchor Renee Chenault Fattah.
Lisa Thomas suffered from health problems in 2002. She saw her first symptoms as tingling in her feet which she first assumed was because of much power talking. Her symptom was misdiagnosed. She then went to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, according to a WPVI special report from November 2005. In the clinic, she was diagnosed and found that she was suffering from a syndrome called as POEMS Syndrome. This Syndrome can cause nerve damage, hormonal imbalances, skin changes, and organ enlargement. She then from Action News took a medical leave for almost a year.
Lisa Thomas returned to work on September 11, 2013. She returned to host the annual Thanksgiving Day parade which she missed in 2002. But because of her return of health problem, she was unable to attend the parade again. She then again took medical leave. She was announced to be permanently leaving her anchor duties in May 2004 by Jim Gardener. She left the job to have more time to focus on her recovery.
On November 22, 2006, Lisa Thomas made a guest appearance during WPVI’s 11 p.m. newscast. There she announced that she would again return to the station in the next few weeks. On November 23, 2006, she appeared during the broadcast of Philadelphia’s annual Thanksgiving Day parade. She co-hosted that parade. On January 2, 2007, she returned to Action News. She there reported on the opening of Oprah Winfrey’s school for girls in South Africa. Since then, she frequently reported for the noon 5, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts. She also has filled in on them as an anchor.
On Wednesday, 25th May 2016, Lisa Thomas-Laury retired from her career as a news presenter. The following published publised a memior titled “On Camera and Off When the News is Good and When it’s Not”. That year, spent mostly on a regional book tour.
Lisa Thomas-Laury Early Life, and Education
Lisa Thomas-Laury was born on 19th July 1954 in the United States. Her star sign is Pisces. Regarding her nationality, she is an American, having a white ethnic background. However, she has not talked about her parents, siblings, and childhood yet.
In 1975, she graduated from the Marshall University earning a Bachelor degree in BA.