From the legendary Nelson Mandela to giggling children on the playground, Portia Bruner loves talking to people whose stories leave an impression on viewers and make a difference in the lives of others.
Portia joined the FOX 5 Atlanta News team as a general assignment reporter in July 2003. She anchors FOX 5 News at Noon, then reports for FOX 5 News at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. She also fills in regularly as an anchor on Good Day Atlanta and the evening weekday newscasts. Portia has built a reputation for being a compassionate and dynamic storyteller who genuinely cares about the people whose life events she is covering. She specializes in breaking news, government affairs, consumer news and human interest stories and enjoys giving her viewers information they can use long after her stories air.
Portia also loves to share her money-saving shopping tips. Her "Bargains with Bruner" features spotlight the treasures she and FOX 5 Atlanta viewers find in thrift shops across metro Atlanta.
Before joining FOX 5 News, Portia was the consumer reporter for WTKR-TV in Norfolk, Virginia. Prior to her work in Virginia, she was a 5 p.m. co-anchor and a general assignment reporter for WAPT-TV in Jackson, Mississippi. She started her professional career as a researcher and producer in the Consumer News Unit of NBC4-TV in Washington, D.C. — just a few weeks after she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Howard University in 1995.
Portia was recently named a Top 10 Finalist in the 2019 “Best Self Atlanta Magazine Over 40 & Fabulous” Contest. She was selected for her commitment to community service and for her candid disclosure of her struggles with psychogenic stuttering and depression. She is a passionate advocate for self-care, professional therapy, meditation and prayer and often shares stress-management tips with FOX 5 viewers.
Portia has served as the Vice President of Broadcast for the Atlanta Association of Broadcast Journalists and enjoys mentoring girls, young women and aspiring journalists. While she has received several awards for her community service and storytelling, her most rewarding job title is “Mother.” She has two wise, witty and wonderful sons who are the muse for her popular "Morning Mommy Moments" posts on Facebook. Born in D.C. and raised in Denver, Colorado, Portia has proudly called South DeKalb County home since 2002.
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