Michael Brownlee co-anchors the NBC4 at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Brownlee joined the station in 2011.
Brownlee is a natural for news. His journalistic approach strikes the right balance of reporting both breakings news and heartfelt stories viewers appreciate. He also reports on Life Connected stories, NBC4’s commitment to storytelling about diversity and communities coming together to pay it forward. In addition, Brownlee co-hosts the station’s Black History Month Special, a 30-minute program dedicated to stories of excellence and inspiration in the Black community.
He also participates in NBC4’s signature Clear the Shelters pet adoption drive, the Kingdom Day and Juneteenth parades as well as other community events.
Brownlee grew up in San Diego. Both his parents worked in television, and from an early age, he was fascinated with the business and would practice reading news scripts his father brought home.
He began his career in radio promotions, transitioning into television in 1995 when he became a general assignment reporter at the NBC Affiliate Yuma, Arizona. Before long, he was promoted to an anchor position at the station. After that, he was reporter for the syndicated video magazine show “Real TV.”
Prior to joining NBC4, he served as a general assignment reporter and weekend anchor for My13News, and before that, was a fill-in anchor and general assignment reporter for the KCOP/KTTV duopoly in Los Angeles. Additionally, he worked as a general assignment reporter at CBS2 in Los Angeles for three years.
Brownlee has won a Golden Mike Award for Best Sports Reporting, and was part of the news team to win a Los Angeles-area Emmy for Best Daytime Newscast for the NBC4 News at 4 p.m. in 2020.
Brownlee graduated with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from San Diego State University, and is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Los Angeles.