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.
Sandra Alexander-Hugley told FOX 5 her heart aches just as much as it did when she received the call October 9, 2004, indicating her son, Rufus Jones, Jr. had been shot at a Fulton County park on Pleasant Hill Road. Her 19-year-old son was dead near the baseball field by the time she arrived--leaving her to suffer from lots of unanswered questions and a gaping wound in her heart for more than sixteen years.
DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond is urging Georgians to be patient and vigilant in their efforts to get immunized.
Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene believes the second impeachment of President Donald Trump has more to do with a liberal political agenda than the riots at the U.S. Capitol.
He walks with such a humble and an unassuming presence, you don't realize you're interacting with a stalwart figure in Georgia history. Judge Robert Benham was the first African American to serve on the Georgia Supreme Court and the first to serve as Chief Justice. He retired in March 2020 after 30 years on Georgia’s highest court.
DeKalb County School Superintendent Cheryl Watson Harris said the spike in cases and elevated positivity rate of COVID-19 in the county are just two reasons why she decided to postpone a return to in-person instruction.
Murder suspect Ryan Duke wants the state of Georgia to pay for expert witnesses and an investigator as his private, pro-bono attorneys prepare for his murder trial. An Irwin County judge denied that request in January 2020, more than two years after Duke was arrested for the murder of South Georgia pageant queen Tara Faye Grinstead.
Livid and still very emotional about the deadly siege at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Congressman David Scott told FOX 5's Katie Beasley President Donald Trump should be removed from office for what the congressman calls a violent insurrection.
An attack on our democracy, domestic terrorism, anarchy, and an un-American insurrection.
The U.S. Senate runoff extended an already contentious election season by an additional two months here in Georgia--which means the ads just kept running and the political arguments just kept going. Clinical psychologist Dr. Rebecca Johnson Osei said those ads have taken a toll and even ignited other conflicts.
Fox 5's Portia Bruner spoke to four Georgia voters--two Democrats and two Republicans-- about that issue in this's edition of Your Take.