Adrienne Bankert

Adrienne Bankert

Adrienne is an Emmy Award-winning national news correspondent with ABC News based in New York. She has covered some of the most historic headlines of the past decade, she was the first national correspondent to report on the Dallas police shooting in 2016. She traveled around the world as part of the team that covered the Thai cave rescue of a youth soccer team, to Los Angeles for the investigation into the death of Nipsey Hussle, and to London for the royal wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. From the Oscars to the Women’s World Cup Finals in France, and from both coasts, she has interviewed some of the most recognized names in sports, film and television including Dwayne Johnson, Brad Pitt, Lady Gaga, Will Smith and Scarlett Johansson. Prior to the network, the California native built a reputation in local news for her relatability, fresh perspective and equitable storytelling. She was a reporter and anchor at KABC in Los Angeles, CBS 11 KTVT in Dallas-Fort Worth, launching her career at NBC's KCRA-TV, in Sacramento where she began her journey as a traffic anchor, host, then reporter and anchor on everything from wildfires, to wall to wall coverage of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami of 2011, Governor Jerry Brown's 2010 run for office and the discovery of missing child Jaycee Dugard. An alumna of the University of Southern California, Adrienne calls herself a "tour guide" providing coaching and mentoring, some of which she includes in her new book, "Your Hidden Superpower: The Kindness that Makes You Unbeatable at Work and Connects You with Anyone." In it, she highlights the lessons she has learned firsthand about compassion, facing competition and dealing with negativity at work and in life. "Your Hidden Superpower" contains practical advice and behind the scenes stories about how being kind was the key to authentically engaging with people from all walks of life in seconds. She takes a deeper look at what kindness really means for us as the foundation for soft skills that lead to promotion at work, as an asset for turning interviews into conversations, and as the starting point for identity and genuine connection. "A lot of people ask me why I wrote a book on kindness. It was not my idea! My mentor, Bill Krause suggested that I write about it. Being kind is something he had coached me in, and I have been intentional about for years. It has helped me when I needed doors open in my life, and when I was in high-pressure, high-stress moments! Being a student of kindness has transformed my life and perspective and I know it will do the same for you."
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