Principal & Founder, Bonner Consulting Group
Michelle Bonner is the Principal and Founder of Bonner Consulting Group. A respected 20-year award-winning veteran of the television news industry, Michelle is hailed as the first female to be named the “lead” sports anchor in a major television news market. A former ESPN anchor, Michelle spent more than 7 years hosting SportsCenter, the network’s flagship sports news program. Prior to joining ESPN, Michelle was an anchor and reporter at CNN in Atlanta, Georgia. She began her broadcasting career in 1995 at the ABC affiliate in Charleston, West Virginia as the Executive Producer of the coveted 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts. Michelle also worked as an anchor and reporter in Bangor, ME, Manchester, NH and Houston, Texas where she covered the U.S.Figure Skating Championships, the Dallas Cowboys and the NBA playoffs.
In 1999 Michelle joined KCOP-TV in Los Angeles, the #2 television market in the United States, and became the “only” female lead sports anchor in the country. She later joined FoxSports Network, hosting a variety of programs including the National Sports Report, the network’s flagship sports news program.
She covered a multitude of large-scale events, including the Los Angeles Lakers back-to-back-to-back NBA Championships and UCLA’s Sweet 16 run in the NCAA College Basketball Tournament.
In 2001 she won the Associated Press Award and Golden Mic Award for Best Sportscast. That same year Michelle was awarded the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Journalism recognized for her outstanding feature on Marlin Briscoe, the first black starting quarterback in the NFL. She is a two-time Emmy-Award winner and a 6-time Emmy-Award nominee.
During her career Michelle has covered countless breaking news stories and conducted exclusive one-on-one interviews with some of the most prominent athletes and coaches of all time as well as celebrities and political figures. The list of notable athletes and coaches Michelle has interviewed include: Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Tom Brady, Magic Johnson, Phil Jackson, Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, Shaquille O’Neal, Charles Barkley, Hakeem Olajuwon, Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Greg Norman, Evander Holyfield, Roger Clemens, John Elway, Elgin Baylor, Dan Marino, Mary Lou Retton, Danica Patrick, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Ken Griffey Jr., Sidney Crosby and Wayne Gretzsky.
In 2012 Michelle made the decision to leave the television world to open her own PR & Media Relations consulting firm. In addition to her consulting business and remarkable television career, Michelle is also an adjunct professor at the University of Hartford in CT teaching advanced broadcast journalism as well as being active in the community, serving on several boards including West Hartford Community Television.
A native of New England, Michelle graduated from Northeastern University in Boston, MA with a bachelor’s degree in English. She had designs on going to law school before embarking on her career in journalism.