Brent Solomon

Brent is an award-winning reporter currently working at WWBT-TV in Richmond, VA. Prior to beginning his assignment in VA, he spent time in newsrooms in Tampa, Miami, Little Rock, Savannah, Albany (GA), and New York City.

After graduating from the University of Florida, he was honored by the College of Journalism & Communications with the coveted "Professional Promise" award for his reporting and anchoring. Brent then went on to receive several professional awards, including one for his work on a series where he reported from West Africa outlining young African leaders plans to implement change in third world countries.

During his career, Brent has interviewed a host of influential people including Vice-President Joe Biden, Senator John Edwards, the Rev. Jessee Jackson, Ambassador Andrew Young, as well as entertainers. Still, Brent says what he enjoys most about his job is meeting everyday people, each with their own stories.  

Brent loves volunteering, public speaking, mentoring, and being a positive example for youth. He has worked with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program, and his fraternity's efforts to encourage young men to attend high school and college. He attends church regularly and is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Progressive Black Men, Inc. and the National Association of Black Journalists. Brent lives by the motto "To whom much is given, much is required."

My Philosophy

In his famous tragedy Antony and Cleopatra, renowned poet and playwright William Shakespeare penned these words: “Though it be honest, it is never good to bring bad news; give to a gracious message an host of tongues, but let ill tidings tell themselves when they be felt.”

I would dare to offer a contrasting viewpoint to Shakespeare’s seemingly wise anecdote. In today’s age of international violence, governmental corruption, and economic woes being felt more than ever, not sharing “ill tidings” would be impractical for a society pleading for recovery.

Consequently, the world depends on journalists who dig deep to uncover significant details that keep them in the know of critical facts. Those details may at times bring the “bad news” Shakespeare wrote about. Yet, those very details impact people’s lives. This is why I chose the rewarding field of journalism, seizing each day as a new opportunity to improve my craft as a storyteller.

Though I respect the works of the incomparable William Shakespeare, I can also decipher between fact and fiction. The public depends on journalists to help them live their lives better. The issues all of us feel are real and cam have life-altering effects. This is why I consider myself an asset to any organization that values ethics, integrity, and commitment to the cause of journalism. When it comes to disseminating stories that are only pleasing to the ear, literature can be that great escape. However, news coverage should provide the microscope into the reality we live in. People seek that insight with balance, which extends far beyond “good news”. The balance they seek is found in truth.

- Brent Solomon

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