Anchor Liz Brunner is leaving WCVB Boston (DMA 7) after 20 years to launch Brunner Communications, a media training and consulting firm. She has co-anchored the Boston ABC affiliate’s NewsCenter 5 at 6 for nearly a decade. Her last day at WCVB will be Oct. 17.
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.
“I’m grateful to have been welcomed into New Englanders’ homes for 20 years,” she said. “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. I’ve always enjoyed teaching and now look forward to drawing on my 25-plus years of broadcast experience to help others become comfortable in front of a camera or an audience,” Brunner added.
Brunner’s work at the anchor desk and in the field during breaking news resulted in many accolades including an Edward R. Murrow Award, multiple Emmys, Associated Press awards and two national Gracie Awards.
“Liz has always given 100% and delivered the news with professionalism and class,” said WCVB President-GM Bill Fine. “Her clients will greatly benefit from the breadth of experience of this talented broadcaster. 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.”
Brunner started her career with WCVB in 1993 as a correspondent for the 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 and 11 p.m. as well as NewsCenter 5 at 6.
Brunner came to Boston from WTVT Tampa, Fla., where she also was an anchor, host of Tampa Bay’s Talking and director of community relations. She began her broadcasting career in 1985 at WCIA in Champaign, Ill.