3 Reasons Wisconsin’s Renee Halvorson Wright Should Win the Heart of ‘The Golden Bachelor’

By Salina Heller
September 26, 2023

While Wright has lived a lot of life in her first 67 years, the Middleton resident is ready to write her next chapter, starting with a stint on ABC’s dating show spinoff.

Renee Halvorson Wright is one of 22 ladies between ages 60 and 75 competing for the heart of 71-year-old Indiana-native Gerry Turner on the inaugural season of “The Golden Bachelor,” a spinoff of the long-running “Bachelor” franchise.

Here are three reasons we think Gerry and Renee make the perfect pair:

They’re both Chicago sports fans.

A former NFL cheerleader, Wright was a member of the Chicago Honey Bears squad from 1977 to 1985. As fate would have it, the “Golden Bachelor” is a Bears fan, too. 

They enjoy the lake life. 

While in Madison, Wright enjoys taking walks along Lake Mendota. Coincidentally, Turner lives on a lake.

They both put family first.

Wright’s show bio describes her as a “caring mother and grandmother, who enjoys spending time with her kids, grandkids, and cat.” Meanwhile, Turner is called a “doting father and grandfather,” who’s often busy spending time with his family.

Watch Wright’s Journey: “The Golden Bachelor” premieres Thursday, Sept. 28 on ABC.




  • Salina Heller

    A former 15-year veteran of reporting local news for western Wisconsin TV and radio stations, Salina Heller also volunteers in community theater, helps organize the Chippewa Valley Air Show, and is kept busy by her daughter’s elementary school PTA meetings. She is a UW-Eau Claire alum.

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