Penny Daniels

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Penny Daniels
Born Elizabeth Penny Comm
Residence Bethesda, Maryland
Alma mater University of Michigan
Occupation Communications consultant and trainer, television news anchor
Spouse(s) Rick Leventhal (divorced)
Children 2

Penny Daniels is an American communications consultant and trainer and a former television news anchor who once hosted the TV show A Current Affair.

Early life and education[edit]

Born as Elizabeth Penny Comm, Daniels is a native of Highland Park, Illinois. She earned a Bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan in 1977 and a Master's degree in Broadcast Journalism from Northwestern University in 1980.

Professional career[edit]

Daniels began her career in 1980 at the CBS affiliate in Green Bay Wisconsin, then moved to Buffalo, New York to report and anchor newscasts at WKBW-TV, the ABC affiliate. From there she moved to Washington, D.C., where she was a reporter and fill-in anchor at WJLA-TV, the ABC station from 1985-1988.In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Daniels was an anchor at WSVN-TV in Miami, where she was the first woman to solo anchor a nationally-syndicated, tabloid-style magazine program. Inside Story only ran from 1989-1990, but was hugely popular in Miami, beating the famous "A Current Affair" (then-anchored by Maury Povich) in local ratings. [1] Shortly before leaving WSVN, Daniels was caught on the air telling a producer "You suck!" "I'm sorry I said it," Daniels later said, according to a report in the Chicago Sun-Times on March 22, 1993. "I don't usually lose my temper when I'm doing a newscast."[2]

In April 1993, Daniels joined WBBM-TV in Chicago, Illinois as an anchor and reporter. In mid-1993, Daniels and Joan Lovett began anchoring the station's new noon newscast.

In September 1994, Daniels left WBBM to join A Current Affair as a New York-based weekday host. She hosted the show until September 1995, when she shifted to being a correspondent for the program's weekday editions and the anchor of the show's weekend edition. The show went off the air in 1996.[3]

In 1998, Daniels joined KHQ-TV in Spokane, Washington. In October 2000, Daniels abruptly resigned from KHQ and left the TV news business to work as a communications consultant and trainer in Washington, D.C. .[4]

In 2003, Daniels and two partners created the communications consulting and coaching firm, 3D Communications, with offices located across the country.[5]


Daniels currently lives in Bethesda, Maryland with her two children. Her former husband, Rick Leventhal, was an on-air reporter for WSVN-TV in Miami and WFLD-TV in Chicago while Daniels was working in those cities. Leventhal now works for Fox News Channel. Her brother is Benjamin Comm of Ashburn, Va.


  1. ^ Feder, Robert (March 22, 1993). "Channel 2 Imports Miami Anchor Duo". Chicago Sun-Times. p. 27. 
  2. ^ Feder, Robert (March 22, 1993). "Channel 2 Imports Miami Anchor Duo". Chicago Sun-Times. p. 27. 
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