|Born||1959 (age 57–58)
|Alma mater||Lawrence University (The Lawrence Conservatory of Music)|
|Known for||TV news anchor|
|Spouse(s)||Craig Stockmal (2010-)|
|Parent(s)||Galen E. Russell, Jr.
Mary Chacko Russell
Liz Brunner is an American journalist, an award-winning television news anchor and reporter, and the CEO of Brunner Communications. With more than 25 years of media experience, Brunner’s career path took her from WCIA-TV Champaign-Urbana, IL, to WTVT-TV Tampa, FL, to WCVB-TV, Boston, MA where she served as a main news anchor and reporter. In 2013, she founded Brunner Communications, a firm that specializes in media training, coaching, and consulting for high-profile individuals and organizations.
Brunner was born in Hartford, Connecticut, to Mary Chacko Russell, a retired medical social worker and Reverend Galen E. Russell Jr., a Pastor of the United Church of Christ. Chacko, born and raised in India, met Russell in Japan where Russell's parents served as missionaries.
Brunner attended and earned a Bachelor of Music Degree from Lawrence University's Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wisconsin. Upon graduation, Brunner became a music teacher in Richton Park, Illinois. Additionally, she sang semi-professionally with the Park Forest Singers and performed for Pope John Paul II at the Vatican. After leaving music, Brunner worked for Caren Charles and was among the company's top sales associates.
In 1985, Brunner took her first job in television at the CBS affiliate WCIA-TV in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. During her three years as community relations coordinator, Brunner served as the liaison between the television station and the community. Brunner wrote and produced public service announcements, hosted a talk show covering organization's serving the Champaign community, coordinated the station's speaker's bureau, and served on a three women weather team.
Upon leaving Illinois, she joined WTVT-TV, Tampa Bay's CBS affiliate (now a Fox station) as the director of community relations. Within a year, Brunner was named co-anchor of the early morning news. In 1991, Brunner was awarded the "Up and Comers Award" from the American Women in Radio and Television, now called, the Alliance for Women in Media. Additionally, Brunner hosted "Tampa Bay's Talking," and numerous prime time specials.
After five years in Tampa, Brunner was hired by WCVB-TV, Channel 5, the ABC affiliate in Boston, as correspondent and fill-in anchor for the award-winning, nighly news magazine show, Chronicle. Within a year, Brunner also became co-anchor of the EyeOpener newscast and a health reporter at Channel 5.
Quickly, she moved into a full-time role in Channel 5's news department becoming the 5:30 and 11pm anchor. Later, Brunner was selected to fill the space vacated by long-time Boston news anchor, Natalie Jacobson, as the 6pm NewsCenter 5 Anchor.
In October 2013, Brunner departed from her 20-year post as a main anchor for NewsCenter 5, WCVB-TV. She has since launched Brunner Communications, a firm that specializes in media training and consulting for high-profile individuals and organizations. The firm's services include media training, executive coaching, women’s leadership training, community relations training, social media management & training, and talent development.
Over the course of her tenure at WCVB, she has won several journalism awards; Two New England Emmies, Two Gracies from the Alliance for Women in Media, the Edward R. Murrow Award, and an Associated Press Award.
Brunner is widely regarded across Boston as a leader in the philanthropic community. She works with numerous charities including: the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, the Berkshire Hills Music Academy, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Home for Little Wanderers, the March of Dimes, and many others.
In August, 2010, Ms. Brunner married Boston businessman Craig Stockmal in New York.
- Two-time winner of a New England Emmy by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
- 1994 winner of Boston Magazine's "Best Newcomer to Boston Media"
- Gracie Award from the American Women in Media
- "Meet the Board Members of Boston/New England AWRT"
- "Wedded bliss for Liz Brunner and new hubby", The Boston Herald, Tuesday, August 10, 2010
- Zwirn, Lisa, "At Home with Liz Brunner: A news anchor's artsy side veers from the script", The Boston Globe, September 29, 2005