Gentzler was raised in the Dominion Hills neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia. Her mother, Rita O'Flinn, worked as a secretary for the federal government while her father, Ferris Gentzler, was an executive with an insurance company. Her family moved to Mount Pleasant, South Carolina when she was 11 years old. Her family came back to the area when she left for college at the University of Georgia.
Gentzler is married to Bill Miller, a former reporter and editor at The Washington Post, who specialized in law enforcement coverage. They have two children: son Chris (b. 1991) and daughter Carson (b. 1994). Gentzler lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
Gentzler first worked at Cleveland, Ohio's NBC affiliate WKYC-TV.[when?] There she anchored the 6pm and 11pm newscasts. From 1979 to 1983, she co-anchored the 6pm and 11pm newscasts at WSOC-TV, the ABC affiliate in Charlotte, North Carolina. Next she worked at Philadelphia's WCAU-TV,[when?] which was then a CBS affiliate, on the crime beat.
Gentzler joined at NBC4 in 1989, after the departure of Dave Marash. She co-anchors the weekday 6pm and 11pm editions of News4 on WRC-TV (NBC4) in Washington, D.C. and is also the station's health reporter. Her reports have taken her around the world, including the Persian Gulf, Bosnia and Ecuador. Her health reports can usually be seen on News4 at 5pm, and other station newscasts. She is the on-air spokesperson for the station's successful NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo, held each January at the Washington Convention Center. She also made an appearance as herself on an episode of the NBC show The Event.
Gentzler anchored WRC's 6pm news alongside veteran anchor Jim Vance for 28 years – a partnership ended by Vance's death in July 2017.
She is a 1979 graduate of the Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Georgia.
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