Liz Hurley is an Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist, bringing more than three decades of authority, credibility and sensitivity to the air in her role as Main Anchor at WAFF-TV in Huntsville, Alabama. She currently anchors the 4, 5 and 6pm weekday newscasts and covers NASA (the civil space industry since the beginning of the Space Shuttle Program) and now the burgeoning commercial space industry. She also produces special reports and series, typically focused on medical and biotech breakthroughs and hosts Huntsville's live, annual Veterans Day Parade. In 1996, while taking a break from local news, Liz was a field anchor/reporter for NBC News Channel during the Centennial Olympic Games.
Liz has been honored with numerous journalism awards, including an Emmy for coverage of the devastating April 2011 tornadoes that struck Alabama. She's been recognized for Best Anchor, Best Newscast, Best Reporter and Best Planned Event Coverage by the Associated Press and the Alabama Broadcasters Association and by the Radio Television Digital News Association's Edward R. Murrow Awards. She also garnered several Huntsville Times Readers Choice Gold Awards.
Liz is a 21-year breast cancer survivor who "pays it forward" by counseling other women facing similar health care challenges. Among her Emmy award nominations is for a series chronicling her journey with breast cancer treatment and recovery. She founded the Liz Hurley Breast Cancer Fund and Liz Hurley Ribbon Run at Huntsville Hospital Foundation. The fund provides cutting-edge technology to the Huntsville Hospital and Madison Hospital Breast Centers offering diagnostic treatment to women throughout the country. The Fund also underwrites medications and expenses for low-income women and supports the Surviving and Thriving Program, a post-treatment support group. To date, the Fund has raised 5.4 million dollars.
Liz has served on many community boards, is a member of several civic groups and is a frequent keynote speaker for high schools, universities and other organizations. She is a graduate of Leadership Huntsville-Madison County and the FBI Citizens Academy and is an Ambassador for the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology.
Liz's community service accolades include the distinguished Doctor of Philanthropy Award from Huntsville Hospital Foundation, the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce's Distinguished Service Award, the Alpha Tau Alpha Fraternity's Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Award, Huntsville Hospital's Volunteer of the Year Award, the Girl Scouts Woman of Distinction Award, Soroptimist International's Ruby Award Winner and the Community Service Citation from the Interfaith Mission Service. She also started one of the country's first homeless animal adoption segments in a local television newscast more than 35years ago.
Liz is a strong believer in using local television news coverage as a vehicle for positive change in a community, including accurately informing the public, protecting consumers, helping the less fortunate and increasing awareness about health issues. ( optional-She is a native South Floridian who calls North Alabama home. Married to Dave Hargrove, regional director for AT&T Alabama, Liz is mother to two adult children - Jordan and Olivia and a shelter-rescued retriever-mix named Humphrey.
A special four-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to a HudsonAlpha brain disorders researcher will allow him to establish a program to hyper-focus on new genetic targets for diagnosing and treating Alzheimer’s Disease.