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 18 months at KNXV, Danielle co-anchored live, breaking coverage of big stories like the Jodi Arias Retrial Verdict and the death of ISIS hostage and Prescott native Kayla Mueller. Danielle and her co-anchors were also awarded “Best Anchor Team” by the Associated Press for their Freeway Shooter coverage in 2015.
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 and was honored with several award nominations, including “Best Spot News” and APTRA’s “Reporter of the Year” award.
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! She married her husband in 2015 and both are incredibly grateful to begin this journey together back home in the desert, surrounded by friends and family!