Natalie Brunell is the consummate broadcaster and digital-savvy journalist with a background in covering hard news, investigative, weather, entertainment and technology stories.
Natalie’s work has garnered her an Emmy Award for breaking news coverage and an Emmy nomination for investigative series. She is currently a national ABC News correspondent based in Los Angeles and an adjunct professor of journalism at the prestigious Annenberg School at USC.
Prior to ABC News, Natalie worked for the no.1 rated news team at KCRA-TV, the NBC affiliate in Sacramento. In addition to covering the state capitol and public policy, she reported live from the scene of wildfires and extreme weather, covered technology and business, and enterprised features and entertainment stories.
Before jumping over 100 markets to Sacramento, Natalie reported and anchored at the ABC/CBS affiliate (KESQ-TV) in Palm Springs. There she led the station’s coverage of a months-long investigation of public corruption involving a mayor that culminated in a FBI raid of city hall. She also reported on immigration, crime and covered the Palm Springs International Film Festival red carpet and Coachella Music Festival.
Natalie has also worked as a video journalist covering technology for Reuters TV and as an associate producer for CNN in Los Angeles. After receiving her Master’s Degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern in 2012, she was chosen as CNN’s 2012 Master’s News Fellow. She’s also a graduate of Pepperdine University where she received dual degrees in Broadcasting and Italian.
Natalie is a trilingual journalist born in Lodz, Poland and immigrated to the U.S. with her family when she was 5 years old. She set her sights on the TV industry as a young girl, learning to speak English by watching news programs and classic films with her parents. At Pepperdine, she hosted and produced Strong Currents, a women’s talk show similar to The View, and reported for Malibu’s TV-26 as a one-man-band reporter. She spent four semesters living in Florence, Italy, which included a stint as a reporter for an Italian television station.
When she’s not reporting, Natalie enjoys traveling, movies, indulging her inner foodie, and dancing. She was the Dancing with the Desert Stars Champion in 2014, which raised more than $100,000 for the Desert AIDS Project. She is also a board member for the Associated Press Radio and Television Association (APTRA).