Julie Banovic joined the WXYZ-TV news team in January of 2011. She is excited to be back home, working and living in Metro Detroit. Julie grew up in Sterling Heights and spent her high school years at Academy of the Sacred Heart in Bloomfield Hills.
She is an Emmy-nominated journalist who has covered a wide range of stories as a general assignment reporter. The very best stories though, are the ones where she gets to interview everyday people and tell their stories in hopes they can help another viewer. Her passion for news started at a young age when she would sneak downstairs at night, hide on the side of the couch, and watch Hugh Downs and Barbara Walters on 20/20.
Prior to 7 Action News, Julie worked at WNEM-TV5 in Saginaw/Flint where she was a Reporter and fill-in Anchor. Before Mid-Michigan she worked at WBKB-TV in Alpena as a Reporter/Anchor.
Julie graduated from Loyola University in Chicago where she had the opportunity to intern with Towers Productions and CNN’s Chicago Bureau. She attended Specs Howard School of Media Arts where she was honored as Most Outstanding Student in her class.
A lot of people inquire about the origin of her last name, and she is proud to say she is Croatian and Polish, with a little bit of French Canadian. She had the chance to meet many of her Croatian relatives in Split and Zagreb for the first time in 2002. One day she hopes to have the opportunity to be on assignment from her father’s hometown in Bosnia/Herzegovina.
One thing many people would not expect to hear is that Julie played rugby for a semester in college. She reluctantly gave up the sport because a face full of cleat marks did not bode well for her career path.
In her down time, she enjoys reading a good mystery novel, hanging out with her cat Nanook, watching classic movies and chatting on the phone with her sister who lives in NYC.
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