I am an anchor and reporter for WWJ. When I first began working at WWJ as Laura Teicher, I had the opportunity to cover Dr. Jack Kevorkian, jog with then presidential candidate Bill Clinton, work morning drive, and covering breaking news stories with Vickie Thomas and Gary Baumgarten.
After taking a few years off to stay home with my two daughters, I returned to WJR as an anchor and reporter. In the summer of 2011, I returned to WWJ and it felt like coming home. All the on air people, some producers, and engineers I had worked with 10 years ago were all still here; a true testament to a fabulous place to work and outstanding radio station with which I am again honored to be a part of.
For me, the icing on the cake is that in addition to reporting for WWJ, I also anchored the news for Talkradio 1270 WXYT morning show host, Charlie Langton. Charlie is an absolute blast to work with. We have fun every day.
I have traveled to the White House to cover a news conference with Hillary Clinton, met President Bill Clinton at Selfridge Air National Guard base (covered him a couple times), met Feminist Gloria Steinem, a couple murderers – (either in prison, or at the radio station), politicians, U.S Attorney General Janet Reno, a couple of rock stars, and more awesome people than I can name. People sometimes ask who was the most exciting person I have ever interviewed and I would have to say its always the day to day stories about every day people just trying to make it in this sometimes crazy, challenging world; their stories of triumph inspire me. Don’t get me wrong I have great stories about a proposition by a rock star (and it wasn’t for marriage) a booger in a politician’s moustache and nearly throwing up on a doctor when I was pregnant and had morning, noon, and night sickness!
I attended Michigan State University where I hosted a cable show with now businessman Dan Gilbert (who knew back then….actually I would say he did). I did the news, he did sports. I also attended the Spec’s Howard School of Broadcasting. I finished my last and best year of college at Northern Michigan University in the Upper Peninsula. After graduation, I moved to Green Bay, Wisconsin where I worked at WFRV TV, anchoring the morning news and reporting. From Green Bay, I moved to Lansing, MI and was the news director at a music station. Then I landed at WWJ in my hometown of Detroit.
I am married to a most wonderful, devastatingly handsome, and fantastic husband, Joe (he wrote that)! He is a banker but most days would rather be bird hunting with our two dogs. He is funny and keeps me laughing…. most days! Our daughters, Molly and Emily, are now teenagers. They are smarter, better adjusted, and more on the go than I ever was in school. Both girls have cystic fibrosis. I am always trying to raise awareness and funds through my Foundation, to help others. www.thebonnellfoundation.org
Our girls are doing great and are our inspiration!
Forty-two year old Gavin Christie makes lists – lots of lists of his travels.
If you know the people who run the charity, you’re ahead of the game and donating wisely.
They’re planning to raise the money in phases and fix the building one problem at a time.
“You can hear the water, it sounds like it’s an ocean,” reported WWJ’s Laura Bonnell.
Following the weekend’s snowfall, a lot of people are growing weary of winter.
Slick conditions played a part in a hit-and-run accident on Detroit’s west side that sent a police officer to the hospital Monday morning.
There are thousands of flight delays and cancellations across the country because of the snow storm and the bitter cold that is settling in.
Slippery driving conditions apparently contributed to the truck crashing into the window of the main post office in downtown Detroit.
A wintry mix on the roads, Monday morning, caused some trouble for drivers.
Another structure that’s part of Detroit’s Heidelberg Project outdoor art installation has been destroyed by fire. The latest target of vandals: the Clock House.