Doreen Gentzler anchors News4 at 6 and News4 at 11. She also serves as the station’s medical reporter, filing cutting-edge health reports for all of the station’s newscasts.
For 28 years, Gentzler anchored with Jim Vance, making them one of the longest-tenured anchor teams in the country. Vance died in July 2017, and Gentzler led NBC4’s on-air tributes.
Born in DC and educated in Arlington, Gentzler is proud of her deep roots in the Washington area. She spent several years honing her reporting and anchoring skills in Chattanooga, Charlotte, and Cleveland, then Philadelphia at WCAU before joining NBC4 in 1989. Gentzler also filled in for vacationing news anchors on "The Today Show" and "NBC at Sunrise."
In her award-winning News 4 Your Health segments, Gentzler has brought viewers into hospital operating rooms, profiled medical breakthroughs, and shown the latest technology helping to save lives. Her reporting has brought her to Bosnia, Ecuador, and the Persian Gulf, where she reported live from the USNS Comfort, a navy hospital ship tending to U.S. troops.
Since May of 2014, Gentzler has been the lead reporter for a station-wide project on mental health called “Changing Minds.” The project has garnered local and national recognition for highlighting a wide range of issues related to mental illness, a subject that can be challenging to cover in a TV news format. Changing Minds has taken us in many directions, but the goal is to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness.
Gentzler is also the spokesperson for the station's health-related community outreach activities such as the annual NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo.
Gentzler has won three local Emmy awards for reporting and anchoring as well as three other Emmy awards for news writing and reporting while in Cleveland. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Georgia.
She and her family live in Chevy Chase, MD.
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