BOSTON, MA (October 9, 2013) – Award-winning journalist and NewsCenter 5 Anchor Liz Brunner is leaving WCVB-TV Channel 5 after 20 years to launch Brunner Communications, a media training and consulting firm. Brunner Communications will offer media training and coaching to build brands for individuals and businesses including executives, athletes and coaches, doctors, authors, chefs and restaurateurs.

Brunner will also offer talent development for anchors, hosts and reporters. The well-known and highly respected journalist has co-anchored Boston’s top rated newscast, NewsCenter 5 at 6, for nearly a decade. Brunner will now bring her vast media and on-air experience to her new clients. Her last day anchoring at WCVB will be October 17.

“I’m grateful to have been welcomed into New Englanders’ homes for 20 years.  I’ve been fortunate to report on the most significant news stories of the past two decades, but it’s time for the next chapter, to branch out and launch my own firm,” said Brunner.

“I’ve always enjoyed teaching and now look forward to drawing on my 25+ years of broadcast experience to help others become comfortable in front of a camera or an audience,” Brunner added. “I’ve been lucky enough to have a voice on Boston’s evening news and can’t wait to help others find their voice. I’m also excited to pursue new opportunities in the industry that would not have been possible in my role as a local anchor and reporter.”

An award-winning journalist, Liz’s work at the anchor desk and in the field during breaking news has led to many accolades including the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award, multiple Emmys, and Associated Press honors.  Brunner has also been honored with two national Gracie Awards for her reports, “Stand Up to Cancer” about a little girl fighting cancer, and “A Homecoming: The Story of Two Soldiers” about the friendship forged between two soldiers on the battlefield in Afghanistan and continued by their families after the war.

From the start, her reporting on “Chronicle” and her anchoring of the #1-rated “EyeOpener” newscast led Boston Magazine to name Brunner the “Best Newcomer” in Boston.

“Liz has always given 100% and delivered the news with professionalism and class.  Her clients will greatly benefit from the breadth of experience of this talented broadcaster,” said WCVB President and General Manager Bill Fine.  “Her new venture is a natural extension of the expertise she’s demonstrated “on air” and we wish Liz all the best of success in her next chapter.”

“Liz has been a key player in the success and growth of our news product,” added WCVB News Director Andrew Vrees.  “She has been front and center during some of the most important stories in Boston, always guiding viewers with style, grace, warmth and understanding.”

Brunner’s most significant reporting assignments include her steady coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings, 9-11, an exclusive interview with President Obama at the White House, Pope John Paul II’s last visit to New York City, and exclusive “firsts” in medical transplants.

She has interviewed some of Boston’s biggest names including the Patriots’ Tedy Bruschi, former Celtic Ray Allen, as well as ‘At-Home’ political interviews with Governor Deval Patrick and Senator Elizabeth Warren among others.  Brunner even got to take the “Chronicle” audience home to her native Hawaii and tango with Tony Dovolani from “Dancing With the Stars.”

Brunner has been honored for her tireless work in the community.  She currently serves as Executive Vice President of the Boston Women in Media and Entertainment.  She volunteers her time with numerous causes, having spent years raising awareness and funds for The Boston Red Sox Foundation, The American Red Cross, The American Heart Association, Make-A-Wish Foundation, March of Dimes, Home For Little Wanderers, the Berkshire Hills Music Academy, and the YWCA Boston’s Academy of Women Achievers.

Brunner started her career with WCVB in 1993 as a correspondent for the Award-winning nightly news magazine “Chronicle” before soon adding duties as co-anchor of the EyeOpener newscast.  She was later brought to the evenings, where during her tenure Brunner has anchored NewsCenter 5 at 5:30, 6 & 11, and for nearly the last decade, co-anchored the top rated flagship broadcast, NewsCenter 5 at 6.

Brunner came to Boston from WTVT-TV in Tampa where she also served as an anchor, host of “Tampa Bay’s Talking,” and director of community relations.   She began her broadcasting career in 1985 at WCIA in Champaign, IL.

“I feel incredibly blessed to have been a part of the best team in Boston TV and I will miss the viewers and my colleagues dearly,” Brunner said.  “This isn’t a good-bye, but simply the beginning of a new and exciting chapter in the community I love.”

Brunner Communications is a full-service media training, coaching and consulting firm founded by CEO Liz Brunner, an award winning journalist and TV personality.

View the original posting from Channel 5 here.


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