Laura Bonnell

laurabonnell2 Laura BonnellI 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!

(Credit: Mike Campbell/WWJ, File)

1-Year-Old Found Wandering In Detroit

Police are at the home on Anglin Street near Eight Mile and Dequindre.

CBS Detroit–08/05/2013

(WWJ Photo/Kasey Stoddart) File

Detroit Police Investigating Deadly Gas Station Shooting

Police say that around 4:00 Monday morning, one person was shot in their car at a Marathon gas station on McGraw and Warren streets.

WWJ Newsradio 950–07/29/2013

Rainfall Gives Punch To Plants And Blooming Flowers

While the ongoing rain may have left you with a less than sunny disposition; the plants and flowers sure are loving the recent showers.

WWJ Newsradio 950–07/09/2013

(Photo: Troy police)

Two People Killed In Fiery Crash On I-75 In Troy

The wall of flames on the freeway reached up to 200 feet high, police said. Because the license plate melted, police said they have no way to identify the victims.

CBS Detroit–07/01/2013

credit: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Fireworks May Have Caused Devastating House Fire

West Bloomfield Township fire officials say what led to the fire is still under investigation, but it looks like the house caught fire because of fireworks debris that landed on the roof.

WWJ Newsradio 950–06/24/2013

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Film Premiere To Support Local Cancer Charity

The premiere of the movie “Decoding Annie Parker” – about the BRCA breast cancer gene – helps support Gilda’s Club in Detroit.

WWJ Newsradio 950–06/11/2013

A nun tutors a student at Ephiphany Education Center. (WWJ/Laura Bonnell)

Nuns Make Impact Tutoring In Detroit

Nuns are changing the lives of some public school children in Detroit by volunteering their time.

WWJ Newsradio 950–05/14/2013

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MSU Grad Works To Make Textbooks More Affordable

Gross and a friend came up with the idea to connect students to buy and sell textbooks directly to each other, and started the company Booklify.

WWJ Newsradio 950–05/10/2013

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Decision Day: Students Across Mich. To Choose Future College

Wednesday is decision day for high school seniors across Michigan, who will be choosing where to go to college.

WWJ Newsradio 950–05/01/2013

Man Tied Up During Home Invasion In Shelby Township

A Shelby Township man was taken to the hospital after being tied up by robbers who broke into his home.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/10/2013

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