Gwendolyn (Wendy) Bounds is anchor of The Wall Street Journal's daily noon news & lifestyle show "Lunch Break." She is also host of WSJ's "Off Duty" lifestyle show.
In addition to her on-air work, Bounds is also deputy head of WSJ Live where she helps oversee all of WSJ's video content including its YouTube channel. WSJ Live includes a global team of 40+ producers, anchors and technical staff that work with The Wall Street Journal's news staff to produce videos for 30 different platforms including Hulu, Apple TV and Xbox. WSJ Live generates more than four hours of live video a day and hit 35 million monthly streams in 2012.
Bounds has written extensively & produced a wide-range of video content about home improvement and housing for The Wall Street Journal as well as ABC News & CNBC. These assignments often find her wielding a chainsaw, weed-whacker or maul while reporting. Bounds coverage, including her first-person column“About the House,” can be found at the Web site Pure Shelter. She served as WSJ’s small business editor and columnist from 2004 to 2008 and as a WSJ reporter has chronicled the rise and fall of companies in many industries including fashion, travel, retail, marketing and media.
Over the past decade, Bounds served as a regular on-air contributor to ABC News, including its "Good Morning America," for general consumer economic issues. She also appeared weekly on CNBC to discuss entrepreneurship and has been a guest on The Weather Channel, CNN, MSNBC, DIY Network and Fox News.
She is a speaker and moderator of panels on environmental issues, entrepreneurship and the arts, presenting at venues such as Lincoln Center, the Audubon Society, the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, and investment banking firm David N. Deutsch & Co.'s executive roundtable.
Bounds' second non-fiction book, "Little Chapel on the River," was published June 28, 2005 in hardcover by HarperCollins' William Morrow imprint and in paperback by Harper in August, 2006. The book chronicles her experiences at an old Irish pub in New York's historic Hudson River Valley after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. She contributed to the 2009 edition of "Now Write! Nonfiction." In 1998, Bounds co-authored the book: "Birds on the Couch: The Bird Shrink's Guide to Keeping Polly from Going Crackers and You Out of the Cuckoo's Nest" with Maryland bird psychologist, Ruth Hanessian.
In 2010, Bounds was awarded the Next Generation Leadership Award from the North Carolina Halls of Fame, which recognizes individuals representing leadership in their fields. Her first-person essay "Amid the Ashes, Baby Carriages, Shoes, Family Photos," which she co-authored with Kathryn Kranhold, won the 2002 Front Page Award for September 11th commentary from the Newswomen’s Club of New York.
Bounds is a native of North Carolina and graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she currently is a member of the Board of Advisors for the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She served on the university's Board of Visitors from 2005 to 2009.
Bounds lives in the Hudson River Valley and is an executive officer of the board of trustees for the Putnam History Museum.