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Reinvention Expert and Emmy Award-Winning Journalist Liz Brunner (ep. 468)

Liz Brunner

John O’Leary welcomes reinvention expert + Emmy Award-winning journalist Liz Brunner ont0 the Live Inspired Podcast.

Liz Brunner is an Emmy award-winning journalist, reinvention expert and intelligent risk-taker.

With a successful television career that spanned 28 years, some of Liz’s most memorable highlights involve exclusive interviews with prominent figures and cultural icons including President Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey.

After leaving a successful career as co-anchor of Boston’s #1 rated newscast, Liz is now dedicated to helping others find their authentic voice, tell their story and lead with presence.

Today, Liz leads us through a number of her career chapters that include High School Music teacher and entrepreneur with the intention of inspiring others to transform their lives.

This conversation will give you permission to discover your authentic self and remind you that no knowledge, obstacle or experience is ever wasted.

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  • With 28 years in the broadcast industry, Liz spent 20 years on Boston’s ABC affiliate.
  • No knowledge is ever wasted: Liz’s father Russell taught her the love of life, and her mother Mary taught her numerous lessons including how to be fully present.
  • Growing up in Hawaii, Liz enjoyed the diverse cultures that melded together.
  • After moving to a small town in Illinois, Liz struggled to fit in and began to understand racism because her and her family didn’t look like the others in town.
  • From Miss Marigold to Miss Illinois: Struggling with confidence, Liz would “act as is” and practice what she hoped she’d become.
  • Liz sang semi-professionally with the Park Forest Singers and performed for Pope John Paul II at the Vatican.
  • After leaving music education, Liz read Who’s Hiring Who by Richard Lathrop which gave her inspiration to bravely and blindly call the local NBC and CBS stations and pursue a career in broadcast journalism.
  • “Sometimes being imperfect is more perfect because you’re being your best authentic self.”
  • “You have to choose confidence and you have to choose it daily.”
  • Get a copy of Liz Brunner’s book Dare to Own You.

Did you enjoy today’s episode? You’ll love this conversation…

Paula Faris spent two decades ascending to two of the most coveted jobs in broadcast journalism: co-anchor on Good Morning America + co-host on The View. Yet burnt out + frustrated, Paula walked away… and was left unsure of her identity outside of her career. Hear Paula share the success she achieved professionally, the chaos that came with it + how embracing her fear of failure brought her peace on Live Inspired Podcast ep. 340.


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  1. Q. What is the best book you’ve ever read?
    A. In Awe by John O'Leary.
  2. Q. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today?
    A. Curiousity.
  3. Q. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be?
    A. All of my journals. I've been journaling for over 30 years.
  4. Q. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be?
    A. Dalai Lama and I'd ask, "what's the biggest lesson the world needs to know?"
  5. Q. What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
    A. My mom says, "The goal of living is to be able to absorb all of the pain of life and lose none of the joy."
  6. Q. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?
    A. It's all going to be okay. Not necessarily easy, but it will all be okay.
  7. Q. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read?
    A. It may have taken a full lifetime, but she dared to own who she was.