Whitney Burney joined the News 8 team in June of 2019. She was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Mich. and so excited to be back home.
Whitney attended City High School (Go Pegasi!) and then went on to study journalism and political science at Michigan State University.
Before she left MSU, Whitney interned at several TV stations, including WXYZ in Detroit, WLNS in Lansing and HOMTV, which is a public access channel in Meridian Township. At HOMTV, Whitney anchored the Thursday morning news. She also reported and anchored for Michigan State’s student-run newscast, “Focal Point News.” One of her stories earned her an award from the Society of Professional Journalists. She also earned several student Emmy nominations for her work.
After graduation, Whitney moved to Lynchburg, Va. to work as a reporter for ABC 13 News. Some of the stories she covered there include a tornado that devastated several families and businesses, an investigation into local school spending and the Unite The Right Rally in Charlottesville. Whitney’s work during the rally helped to earn the station an Edward Murrow award for best newscast.
Whitney is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
In her free time, Whitney loves to travel and try new restaurants.
Whitney is WOOD TV8’s Saturday evening anchor and is a general assignment reporter during the week. If you have any story ideas, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to say hello when you see her in the community!