Sue Breding is an award-winning former TV news reporter who is now a top leader in government communications in Arizona.
As the Asst. Director of Communications for the city of Glendale, Sue handles the high-level internal and external communications needs for the senior-leadership team at Glendale’s City Hall. This includes directing and guiding media relations efforts, writing articles and developing strategic communications plans. She also manages the city’s state-of the-art television station, located across the street from State Farm Stadium. There, she leads a multiple-disciplinary team of videographers, editors and reporters in a highly creative environment.
She spent more than 20 years as a TV news reporter, mostly at KTVK – Channel 3 in Phoenix. Her versatility and ability to easily handle either hard breaking news stories or feature news, meant that her assignments ranged from being a“Good Morning Arizona” reporter to covering breaking news stories, to producing special projects pieces that ran during ratings periods.
Sue was born and raised in Los Angeles and she also worked there for several years at KCAL – Channel 9. In LA, she was sent on assignments located in every corner of the city. She covered natural disasters, major crimes, visits by world leaders and interviews on the red-carpet for awards-season events. During the great El Nino rains in Southern California in 1997/98, Sue became a special assignment reporter for The Weather Channel, going live nationwide from the scene of severe flooding and mudslides.
Her awards include the Arizona Governor’s Award for Outstanding Service to the Community, three Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards for reporting excellence, induction into the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Silver Circle Society and an Outstanding Journalism Alumni award from University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Sue has served at two different times during her career as a board member for the NATAS Rocky Mountain Southwest chapter.
A former lifeguard and a lifelong swimmer, Sue is passionate about drowning prevention efforts. She spends her free time working to spread the message of how dangerous drowning can be and how parents can keep their children safer around pools.
She has a son, Robbie and two daughters, Kelsey and Katie Rose. She also has two rescue dogs, Ramsey and Ruby.