Gus Gnorski’s Enduring Impact: A Veteran Reporter’s Legacy Covering Hunger Task Force from Newsrooms to Neighborhoods

Feb 13, 2024

50 Faces. 50 Stories. 50 Years of Fighting Hunger.

Hunger Task Force is proud to be Milwaukee’s only Free & Local food bank and Wisconsin’s anti-hunger leader. In celebration of our 50th Anniversary, Hunger Task Force is highlighting “50 Faces of Ending Hunger,” honoring the anti-hunger heroes who champion Free & Local and support our mission to end hunger.


In the vibrant landscape of Milwaukee media, August “Gus” Gnorski carved out a distinguished career as a community reporter, leaving an indelible mark during his four decades in the industry. Over 22 years at TMJ4 and an additional 18 at FOX 6, Gus not only reported on local stories but also emerged as a passionate advocate for ending hunger in the community.

Gus’s awakening to the prevalence of hunger in Milwaukee was a pivotal moment in his career. Expressing his shock at the staggering number of people facing hunger, he articulated, “It’s natural to care about ending hunger.” From that point onward, he dedicated himself to bringing this critical issue to the forefront of local consciousness.

His reporting took on a new dimension as he formed ongoing connections with Hunger Task Force. Gus became an instrumental figure in promoting food drives and encouraging community involvement to support neighbors in need. He ensured that the crucial work of Hunger Task Force took center stage on morning shows, emphasizing the impact the organization and its supporters had on the lives of those experiencing hunger.

Gus’s advocacy went beyond mere storytelling. He actively prioritized Hunger Task Force in his reporting, regularly featuring Sherrie Tussler and the organization. “Hunger Task Force provided good programming for television,” he noted, underscoring the importance of showcasing the organization’s efforts to end hunger.

What set Gus apart was his genuine affinity for Hunger Task Force’s comprehensive approach. Under the leadership of CEO Sherrie Tussler, the organization goes beyond fundraising, focusing on acquiring and distributing healthy food directly to those in need through a network of pantries, meal sites, and homeless shelters.

Building a strong relationship with Sherrie became a cornerstone of Gus’s commitment to hunger relief. Their collaboration ensured regular coverage of the prevalence of local hunger and the essential work of the food bank on FOX 6.

The dynamic between local media and Hunger Task Force was symbiotic. Figures like Gus conveyed the urgency of local hunger issues, while Sherrie illustrated the pressing need for support. Gus visited organizations, individuals and pantries directly impacted by Hunger Task Force’s work, offering viewers an intimate look at the positive changes happening in their community.

Among the myriad of stories Gus reported, his favorite often involved neighborhoods joining forces with Hunger Task Force to support local families experiencing hunger. These stories showcased the power of community collaboration, emphasizing that, when united, neighborhoods can make a substantial impact on alleviating hunger in Milwaukee.

Now enjoying retirement, Gus’ legacy in Milwaukee media transcends traditional reporting. His regular coverage of Hunger Task Force not only brought attention to the issue of local hunger, but also fostered a sense of community engagement that encourages viewers to actively contribute to the cause. Gus’s impact on the conversation surrounding hunger in Milwaukee remains a testament to the transformative influence that a dedicated media personality can have on a community.

Meet the 50 Faces of Ending Hunger!

Click below to discover real people making a difference in the fight against hunger – new faces added each month! As we journey through our 50th year, keep checking back to meet more incredible individuals making a difference.