Natalie Brunell is a nightside reporter and anchor who chases investigative stories for News Channel 3 and CBS Local 2.
Most recently, Natalie led KESQ's coverage of a months-long investigation into allegations of corruption at Palm Springs City Hall. Her other special reports include a class action lawsuit over the "700-Year Storm" in La Quinta, valley doctors defaulting on student loans and illegal marijuana operations in the high desert.
Prior to arriving at KESQ in 2013, Natalie worked as a video journalist for Reuters TV and freelanced 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 accepted an offer for a CNN Master's News Fellowship. She's also a graduate of Pepperdine University where she received dual degrees in Broadcasting and Italian.
Natalie is a trilingual journalist who was born in Lodz, Poland and immigrated to Chicago with her family when she was 5 years old. She set her sights on the TV industry as a little girl, learning to speak English by watching news programs and classic films with her parents. At Pepperdine, she hosted and produced Strong Currents, a women's talk show similar to The View, and reported for Malibu's TV-26 as a one-man-band reporter. She spent four semesters living in Florence, Italy, which included a stint as a reporter for an Italian television station.
Natalie's work can be seen on CNN, Reuters, USA Today, McClatchy, UPI, Northwest Indiana Times, Military Times and Chicago Parent.
When she's not reporting, Natalie enjoys traveling, movies, indulging her inner foodie, and dancing. She is the reigning Dancing with the Desert Stars 2014 Champion, which raised more than $100,000 for the Desert AIDS Project.
Natalie looks forward to getting to know you, so say hello if you see her around town! She wants to report about the things that matter to you, so send your story ideas to her firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow her on Facebook: Natalie Brunell and Twitter: @NatBrunell