Natalie Brunell is a senior correspondent and investigative journalist for Spectrum News 1. Her passions include in-depth storytelling, long-form interviews, and exposing corruption.
Natalie joined Spectrum from ABC News where she most recently served as a freelance national correspondent for NewsOne based in Los Angeles. Natalie is also an adjunct professor of journalism at the prestigious Annenberg School at USC and hosts an interview series podcast called Career Stories on Apple, Spotify, and Google Play.
Prior to ABC News, Natalie worked for the top-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 affiliate, KESQ-TV, in Palm Springs. There she led the station’s coverage of a months-long investigation of public corruption that culminated in a FBI raid of City Hall and an indictment of the former Mayor of Palm Springs. She also reported on immigration, crime, and covered the Palm Springs International Film Festival red carpet and Coachella Music Festival.
Natalie’s work has garnered her an Emmy Award for being part of Breaking News team coverage and an Emmy nomination for Best Investigative Series. At the start of her career, Natalie worked as a video journalist covering technology and entertainment 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 Poland who immigrated to the U.S. with her family when she was young. She has said her family’s struggles to achieve the American Dream are what motivate her to succeed.
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.