Susanne Brunner is a two-time Emmy and Edward R. Murrow award-winning News Anchor in Little Rock, Arkansas.
She is the morning anchor on KARK 4 TODAY and shares weekly education reports that highlight positive stories about the importance of reading at an early age and ensuring more children have a book of their own. She also has a literacy initiative called "Susanne Brunner's Book-A-Thon: 10 Books. 10 Weeks." She visits elementary schools for story time, and challenges kids to take a fun pledge to read 10 books in 10 weeks. More than 4,300 K-2nd grade students have signed up!
Susanne's goal is to write stories that teach kids important life lessons. She also hopes her books help build a special bond between children and their parents. Growing up, Susanne's mom told her a special, favorite bedtime story that she remembers and holds dear to this day. That memory encouraged Susanne to create a tale of her own to tell, which is how Busker the Tusker came to life.
In addition to reading books in elementary classrooms, Susanne has served as Board Member and volunteered her time with Junior Achievement to help students learn about financial literacy, job readiness and entrepreneurship. The state has recognized Susanne for her efforts helping hundreds of unemployed Arkansans find work through career fairs she has hosted and promoted. She has also served as Anchor and Reporter in Kennewick, Washington and Monterey, California.
Susanne is from Placerville, California. Her father served 22 years in the United States Air Force. As a “military brat,” she moved with her family to many bases throughout California and her mother’s home country—the Philippines.
A graduate of Yuba College with an A.S. in Mass Communications, Susanne also attended San Francisco State University, where she earned a B.A. in Radio and Television with an emphasis in Broadcast Journalism.
Susanne resides in the Little Rock area with her husband, Hayden and their 1-year-old son, Kason.
Susie's Stories, Inc is based out of Little Rock, Arkansas. The company represents a planned series of Children's Books by Author Susanne Brunner.
Current titles available:
Busker the Tusker
Hardcover- May 2019
eBook- May 2019
Sharing education stories for several years in Arkansas, Susanne understands the importance of reading early. According to AR Kids Read, a Little Rock-based reading initiative, 63 percent of third-grade students in Arkansas are reading below grade level. RISE Arkansas (Reading Initiative for Student Excellence), an Arkansas Department of Education reading initiative, finds the state ranks in the lower one-third in reading scores compared to other states. Susanne said she hopes her story, Busker the Tusker, excites kids about picking up a book for their parents to read to them, and eventually one day, reading on their own.
"Reading creates a powerful bond between a parent and child. I remember when I was a little girl, my mom would tell my sister and me a story before bedtime. We listened and loved the emotion she expressed. Stories my mom shared inspired my love for reading. I still remember that, and I want Busker the Tusker to have the same impact. I believe it does," she says.
"In today's world, parents are busier than ever, and children have electronic devices in their hands at an early age. It's my goal to complement that with a good book like Busker the Tusker," she added.
Susanne launched a reading initiative to promote reading at an early age. It's called "Susanne Brunner's Book-A-Thon: 10 Books. 10 Weeks."
She is visiting schools with Busker the Tusker to read her book and get children to take the pledge to go on a reading adventure to read 10 books in 10 weeks. Her goal is to help make a difference in Arkansas' reading deficit. Learn more about her reading initiative here: https://www.kark.com/susanne-brunners-book-a-thon/