Current role: Political Reporter KING 5 News, Seattle
Politics touches just about every aspect of life, which is why the public deserves in depth and understandable political coverage. In order to become a better political reporter and watchdog journalist, Natalie Brand returned to school as a mid-career student and received a Master of Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 2015.
Prior to Kennedy School, Natalie worked as a general assignment reporter for KTVK in Phoenix, Arizona, covering issues ranging from the economy to immigration. She also reported extensively on the Yarnell Hill tragedy, which killed 19 firefighters in June of 2013.
Before Phoenix, Natalie reported in Portland, Oregon for KPTV, a Fox affiliate. She spent months covering the Occupy Portland Movement and also put together special, in-depth reports on the city’s heroin epidemic and sex trafficking problem. Natalie continues to be involved in the fight against trafficking, currently serving as a media liaison and director for the National Coalition Against Women’s Exploitation.
Her reporting career started in Palm Springs, California where she worked for a CBS affiliate and covered topics ranging from devastating wildfires to the presidential funeral of Gerald Ford. She’s also won multiple awards including a Regional Emmy for political reporting during the 2016 presidential election year, as well as a Golden Mike, Regional Edward R. Murrow and an Associated Press Television-Radio Association (APTRA) award for breaking news. She was named APTRA Reporter of the Year in Palm Springs in 2009.
Natalie began in broadcast news as a writer and associate producer at KFMB, a CBS affiliate in San Diego, California while still in college. She was hired while still in her sophomore year at University of California, San Diego, where she graduated with Highest Distinction from the Department of Communication.
If you have a story idea or issue for Natalie to dig into, please email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org twitter: @NatalieBrandK5
•Regional Emmy for political reporting, 2016
•Golden Mike Award Winner, Best Live Coverage of a News Story, Jan. 2008
• Associated Press, Television and Radio Association (APTRA) Reporter of the Year, June 2009
• APTRA Best Live Breaking News, June 2009
• Regional Edward R. Murrow Award, April 2009
• Founding member of the National Women’s Coalition Against Violence & Exploitation (NWCAVE) Advisory Council, Dec. 2012-Present.
• Named National Media Chair of NWCAVE 2014
• Served as head of Awards Committee for NWCAVE which honors excellence in reporting on the issue of violence against women.
• Associated Press Television and Radio Association volunteer mentor for aspiring reporters.