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Laura Bonnell

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I am a reporter and anchor 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.

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 everyday 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. 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!

Belle Isle bridge. (Credit: Bill Szumanski/WWJ)

State Police Find Dead Body On Belle Isle

State police are investigating after a dead body is found in the Belle Isle Zoo.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/07/2014

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U-M’s Wangler Excited About Notre Dame Game

So what are his predictions on the big game against Notre Dame in the Big House this Saturday? He doesn’t really have one.

WWJ Newsradio 950–09/06/2013

School's open in some districts already. (Photo Laura Bonnell)

Kids Already Heading Back To Class In Some School Districts

In a handful of Macomb County schools, kids are already going back to class.

WWJ Newsradio 950–08/05/2013

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Tired Of Tardiness, U-M’s Big House Eliminates Assigned Student Seats

Seating for students at University of Michigan football games is changing because the school wants everyone to be on time.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/23/2013

Not All Schools Got A Snow Day

To close, or not to close? It was a tough call for Southeast Michigan school administrators, Wednesday morning.

WWJ Newsradio 950–02/27/2013

Rev. June Marshall-Smith. (credit: WWJ/Laura Bonnell)

Drive-Thru Ash Wednesday A Hit In Novi

Get your ash in a flash! Metro Detroiters observing Ash Wednesday can now get their services to go.

WWJ Newsradio 950–02/13/2013

Two Detroit Police Officers Injured On Patrol

The two officers were out on patrol when Detroit Police Sgt. Erin Stephens says a 47-year-old woman drove through a stop sign on Lansdowne Street and hit the officers’ car on Moross.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/15/2012

(Photo: Detroit Police Department) Tavia Bentley, 11, has been missing since February.

Missing In The Metro: Tavia Bentley

“I always think about my daughter, every day, all day, my main concern is for her to be safe and return home safely,” Young said.

WWJ Newsradio 950–09/24/2012

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Crime Down On DPS Campuses

The Detroit Public School year will kick off with some good news: overall crime was down last year on DPS campuses.

WWJ Newsradio 950–08/13/2012