Danielle Lerner is an award-winning broadcast journalist who has done it all!
Having lived, studied and worked in five different states stretching from the beautiful central coast of California, to Chicago and Washington, D.C., Danielle is thrilled to be back home in Phoenix!
She is a Chaparral High School graduate and joined the ABC15 team as a weekend anchor and multimedia journalist in September 2014 before being named co-anchor of ABC15 Mornings in March 2015.
Before coming to ABC15, Danielle was a morning anchor at KVOA-TV in Tucson. Even though it required waking up at 1:45 a.m. every day, Danielle loved helping Tucsonans get their days going with all of the morning’s news, weather and traffic.
During her time there, she was honored with the 2013 APTRA Award for “Best Anchor” and her reporting on Gabrielle Giffords’ recovery, one year after the mass shooting in Tucson, won a Mark Twain Award for “Best Serious Feature.” Most recently, her series profiling families of veterans who went Missing in Action during the Vietnam War received an Emmy nomination.
Danielle’s first job out of school was at KSBY-TV in San Luis Obispo, CA. She started as a bureau reporter and eventually became the Weekend Anchor/Weekend Executive Producer/Weekend Weather Anchor/Main Weather Fill-in and a Multimedia Journalist! She reported on several national stories, including Proposition 8, the state budget crisis, and the Gap, Tea and Jesusita fires. Danielle was nominated for a Mark Twain Award for “Best Spot News” story while covering the Tea Fire in November 2008. She was also nominated for APTRA’s “Reporter of the Year” award in 2010.
Danielle first discovered her love of broadcast journalism during a college internship. She is a proud graduate of Saint Mary’s College in South Bend, IN and went on to receive her master’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.
In her free time, Danielle enjoys watching and playing sports, cheering for her Fighting Irish of Notre Dame, exploring the great outdoors, reading, running, spending time with friends and family, and volunteering at the local animal shelter. She has completed a sprint triathlon, three half marathons and finished her first FULL marathon in January 2014!
She recently married her husband, Al, at Brophy Chapel in Phoenix, and the two feel so fortunate to be setting down roots back home in the Valley!
Danielle can’t wait to get to know our viewers, so if you have any story ideas or just want to say hello, feel free to send her an email or contact her on Facebook and Twitter!