Education

Bachelor of Sciences: Telecommunications-News
Minor: Education (University of Florida - Gainesville, Florida)

Involvement/ Awards

* Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ)
-Best Spot News Coverage Regional Award Recipient (2009)
-Best Non-Spot News Coverage Regional Award Recipient (2009)

*National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ)
         -Selected for NABJ Fellowship, International Reporting in West Africa (2004)
-Best TV News Series Regional Award Recipient(2005)
-Best TV News Feature National Award Recipient (2005)
         -National Convention Panelist for "How to Manage Your Time Wisely" Workshop

*International Radio and Television Society (IRTS)
         -Selected to participate in Minority Career Workshop & Fellowship - New York, NY (2002, 2003)

EXPERIENCE

*WWBT-TV (NBC) Richmond, VA: October 2012 - Current
- Reporter/Fill-in Anchor (City government, Education & General Assignment, Breaking News/Live reports, solo and co-anchored weekday noon, 6:30pm CW, 10pm Fox, and weekend newscasts)

*WFTS-TV (ABC) Tampa, FL: January 2012 - April 2012
- Temporary Reporter (Freelance, full-time position. General Assignment, Breaking News/Live reports)

*WTVJ-TV (NBC) Miami, FL: August 2010 - September 2011
- Temporary Reporter/Fill-in Host (Freelance, full-time position. Morning Breaking News/Live reports)

*KLRT-TV (FOX) Little Rock, AR: January 2008 - August 2010
(Associated Press Best Newscast, Emmy Winner for Best Evening News)
- Reporter (Crime & General Assignment), Launched weekly “Arkansas’ Most Wanted” Franchise

*WALB-TV (NBC) Albany, GA: April 2006 - January 2008
(GA Association of BroadcasterTs Station of the Year)
- Reporter/Fill-in Anchor (General Assignment)

*WJCL/WTGS-TV (ABC/FOX) Savannah, GA: 2003 - 2005
- Reporter (General Assignment)/Weekend Anchor, ABC 22 Law Call (Legal Call-in Show)
- Weekday Fill-in Anchor (solo and co-anchored 6pm, 10pm, & 11pm newscasts)
- Launched monthly High School Hero¯ Franchise, Mentored students in "Be a Reporter¯" Promotion

*WABC-TV (ABC) New York, NY: June - August 2003
- News Reporting Fellowship

*WUFT-TV (PBS) Gainesville, FL: 1999 - 2003
- News 5 at 5:30 Anchor/Reporter, First Edition 12:00 pm Anchor/Producer

*Classic 89 FM (NPR)/WRUF AM 850- Gainesville, FL: 2000 - 2002
- News Anchor/Reporter/Producer (General Assignment & Education)

*Florida Sentinel Bulletin (Bi-weekly community newspaper) Tampa, FL: 1998 - 1999
- Reporter

*WFLA-TV (NBC) Tampa, FL: June " August 2002
*Intern

 

Reference

*Frank Jones, News Director WWBT-TV, (804) 721-0000  (Current Manager)

*Ed Trauschke, News Director KOTV-TV, (918) 732-6105 (Former Manager)

*Rick Williams, General Manager WLOX-TV, (228) 896-2561 (Former Manager)

Testimonials

"Truly a wonderful and talented person, I have thoroughly enjoyed every report, the deliberate and concise delivery, the way you make sure the listener/viewer is doing just that, listening, by having our attention. You are network bound in the biggest of markets, the good part of that is your climb to the top will happen fast, the down side, we lose you locally."
- David Srite  (Arkansas)

"Just want to say I enjoy watching you in the morning. It's refreshing to see a young man doing something positive. May God continue to bless you and elevate you to higher heights."
- Tamika Fussell   (Florida)

I love watching u on Channel 16~ u are so serious when it comes to reporting and u stay professional at all times! I hope other young men can look at you and see the potential they possess within their own self. It is nice to see a African American man on the news for something positive instead of something tragic. Anyway, just a random email from a supporter! KuDoS  
- Chimera Hampton  (Arkansas) 

¯Dear Brent, Just wanted to thank you for the great job you did with the story about MMP. We are so pleased to see the results and believe that this, thanks to you and your crew, will translate into improving so many lives in our community. You demonstrated a great sensibility to our mission, by not only creating a great segment but also adding it to your social media pages¦¯
- Emil (Florida)

"Hey Brent. It was nice meeting you last Friday {as a participant} at the Men of Distinction {Program} at Frank C. Martin {Elementary School}. It's a great event as you can see and I'm sure, like me, you'll be hooked and there every year¦I saw your ~burning buildingT story on the 7:00pm cast today; good story. I will be watching more often.¯
- Ken James (Florida)

Brent, you have been the only Reporter who has taken an interest in reporting the wonderful things that Miami-Dade Government represents...You have won the heart of Mrs. Styles; you would not believe how nervous she was in thinking she would be interviewed. Previous bad experiences with Reporters have made her uneasy when it comes to speaking to the press but your professional at ease demeanor really helped her to overcome her uneasiness...¯
- Terri Page, Miami-Dade County Government

"I worked with Brent in my position as Managing Editor of FOX16 over two and half years 
While at Fox16, Brent worked as a general assignemnt reporter in our newsroom. Brent has a wonderful rapport with people in our newsroom and in the city of Little Rock. His ability to connect with city and state leaders, his talent at getting the concepts of news, as well as more advanced topics, are both truly superior." 
- Shane Deitert, KLRT Managing Editor

Brent tells a good story - something key for any journalist. And, he works well in difficult environments. I saw him oversee his own shooting and producing for a story based in Senegal. Good job.¯   
- Adrienne Samuels Gibbs, Ebony Magazine

"I've known Brent for a good portion of his life and in that time he's shown me how driven and dedicated he is to his craft. He's an excellent writer. Brent was also very involved with the community, which helped lead him to exclusive stories that would beat the competition. He's what every journalist {strives to be}: fair, accurate, balanced, with an ounce of kindness and compassion:-)"¯ 
- Tiffany Greene, Brighthouse Sports Network

"Brent is dependable and hard working. He is very talented and efficient in his work habits."
- Jon Beans, News Director, Alabama Public Television

Like My Work?