Danielle Lerner is a passionate, engaging, award-winning broadcast journalist who can do it all. She speaks Spanish and has a proven record of ratings improvement. Having lived, studied and worked in five different states stretching from the beautiful Central Coast of California, to Chicago and Washington, D.C., Danielle is thrilled to be back home in Phoenix. She was originally hired as a Weekend Anchor/Multimedia journalist for KNXV in September 2014, but quickly climbed the ranks! She currently co-anchors “ABC 15 Mornings” from 4:30-7, along with the station’s midday show from 11am-noon. During her first six months at KNXV, Danielle co-anchored live, breaking coverage of big stories like the Jodi Arias Retrial Verdict, the death of ISIS hostage Kayla Mueller and the Mesa shooting rampage. The hours may be crazy for some, but Danielle loves helping Phoenicians start their days with all the news, weather and traffic they need to get out the door!
Prior to joining the KNXV team, Danielle was a Morning Anchor for KVOA-TV’s “Tucson Today” for three years. Her reporting on Gabrielle Giffords’ recovery, one year after the mass shooting in Tucson, won a Mark Twain Award for “Best Serious Feature.” She was also honored with the 2013 APTRA Award for “Best Anchor.” Her series profiling families whose loved ones went MIA during the Vietnam War was also nominated for an Emmy.
Before heading to KVOA, Danielle worked at KSBY-TV in San Luis Obispo, CA. She started as a bureau reporter and eventually became the Weekend Anchor/Weekend Executive Producer/Weekend Weather Anchor/Main Weather Fill-in and a Multimedia Journalist! She reported on several national stories, including Proposition 8, the state budget crisis and the Gap, Tea and Jesusita fires. Danielle was nominated for a Mark Twain Award for “Best Spot News” story while covering the Tea Fire in November of 2008. She was also nominated for APTRA’s “Reporter of the Year” award in 2010.
In her free time, Danielle enjoys exploring the great outdoors, reading, running, spending time with friends and family, and volunteering at the local animal shelter. She has completed a sprint triathlon, three half marathons and finished her first FULL marathon in January of 2014!