Brendan Keefe

Brendan Keefe is a pioneer in the growing craft of multi-platform, multi-skilled and investigative journalism.

Brendan Keefe's Bio:

Peabody winner and National Investigative Murrow recipient Brendan Keefe leads The 11 Alive Investigators, Atlanta's team holding the powerful accountable. Send your news tips to theinvestigators@11alive.com

 

Brendan's groundbreaking style of investigative reporting has earned 55 Emmy awards since 1996, along with multiple Murrow awards in recent years, most for solo work.

 

In 2014, Brendan joined WXIA 11 Alive, Atlanta's NBC affiliate, as Chief Investigative Reporter and Lead Trainer for TEGNA Media's multi-skilled journalists program. Brendan is also a contributor for USA Today. 

 

Brendan spent the previous seven years as a weeknight anchor and chief investigator for WCPO 9, Cincinnati's ABC affiliate.

 

In the last eight years, Brendan has been honored with 48 Emmys from the Southeast and Ohio Valley chapters of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and five regional Murrow awards. He won the 2016 Atlanta Press Club Excellence Award for Investigative Reporting, and was previously named both Best Large Market TV Reporter and Best Photographer by the Ohio Associated Press.

 

Chief Investigative Reporter

Brendan uncovered startling weaknesses in the nation's  911 system -- an investigation that won a 2015 George Foster Peabody Award. In another major investigation, Brendan was ejected from a closed-door meeting of lawmakers and lobbyists by police working for the political charity ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) a story that was recognized with a regional Murrow award. The Lincoln Heights Police Department permanently closed its doors after Brendan revealed multiple officers had criminal records while the Ohio village was paying out hundreds of thousands of tax dollars to innocent citizens beaten by those officers. More recently, the Arlington Heights Police Department in Ohio was closed for good a few years after Brendan uncovered thefts from I-75 speeding fines by court clerks. The clerks were convicted after his investigation. Cincinnati enacted new laws and lifted a hiring freeze at its 911 center as a direct result of Brendan's investigation revealing some dispatchers had no medical training -- a series of reports honored with the National Edward R. Murrow Award for Large Market Investigative Reporting, two regional Murrows, an Emmy, and the Ohio AP Best Investigative Report in 2014.

 

An Ohio police chief at the center of two of Brendan's I-Team investigations was fired and the police chief who preceded him was convicted of beating his wife the night before she was found dead. One of Ohio's largest charter schools closed in 2014 after Brendan revealed taxpayer money was used to pay several members of the superintendent's family and a company owned by her husband.

 

Brendan bought a Cincinnati Police handgun from a stranger on the street in an undercover buy to illustrate the real cost of 'free' guns obtained by the city. That story won an Emmy and Best Enterprise Report from the Ohio Associated Press. That same year, a seven-county narcotics task force completely shut down after Brendan Keefe's investigation revealed a practice called 'policing for profit' -- the lead agent was indicted and pleaded guilty to federal charges after Brendan's Emmy-award-winning reports. A national coupon website closed its doors just days after Brendan revealed many of its employees had to fight just to get paid. 

 

More than a Decade in Major Markets

Previous to moving to Cincinnati to become a weeknight anchor, Brendan worked for New York's WCBS-2 as a correspondent, and as a reporter for KPRC-2 in Houston. He was honored with a 2006 New York Emmy for his continuing coverage of the Hurricane Katrina disaster in New Orleans. Brendan has covered nearly a dozen hurricanes in his career. He won another NY Emmy for live coverage of the Northeast Blackout from a darkened Times Square. Brendan added a third top ten market to his résumé by moving to Atlanta in 2014.

 

War Correspondent

Brendan has completed three combat reporting tours in the Middle East. He reported from the rooftops of Kuwait City as U.S. Forces invaded Iraq in 2003. Brendan returned to the region in 2004 and 2005 when he was embedded with a U.S. Army Reserve unit from New York. 

 

Brendan's international assignments have also taken him to Madrid to cover the Al Qaeda terrorist bombings of commuter trains. He covered the national elections in Spain three days later when voters ousted the ruling party as a direct result of the terror attacks.

 

Multi-Media Journalist & Teacher

Brendan was selected by Cincinnati-based E.W. Scripps to develop a hands-on training program for investigative reporters and multi-media journalists. Gannett (now TEGNA Media) later tapped Brendan for this same skill set. Brendan teaches its MSJs (Multi-Skilled Jouralists) and investigators, leading a dozen MSJ trainers throughout the company.

 

Street Reporter

Before joining WCBS-2 in New York, Brendan worked as a special projects reporter for the NBC affiliate in Houston from 1997-2002. He covered the collapse of Enron and flew almost daily in Chopper 2 as a helicopter reporter. He also flew twice in zero gravity with NASA aboard the KC-135 "Vomit Comet."

 

Brendan covered the space shuttle launch of Sen. John Glenn, and was present in the House of Representatives for the impeachment vote against President Bill Clinton. In 2000, He traveled with then-Governor George W. Bush in his first campaign for president. Brendan won four Suncoast Emmys while in Houston (now the Lone Star Chapter), including two awards for an underwater cave diving story he recorded while on vacation in the Yucatan Peninsula.

 

Storyteller

Prior to his work in Texas, Brendan was an anchor and reporter for WFSB-3, the CBS affiliate in Hartford, Connecticut. He anchored the weekday morning news with Mika Brzezinski from 1995 - 1997. Brendan's report on a paralyzed high school girl's secret plan to walk into her junior prom earned a Boston-New England Emmy -- his first of 55 Emmys. He also covered development of the Navy's original Seawolf submarine and he spent two days 800 feet below the Atlantic Ocean aboard a Los Angeles class attack sub, the USS Springfield. Brendan filed the world's first all-digital, tapeless news story in 1996 using a prototype camera from Avid/Ikegami.

 

In 1994 and 1995, Brendan was a reporter for WJXT-4, the former CBS affiliate in Jacksonville, Florida. He started as an investigative reporter uncovering government waste and abuse as the "The Whistleblower." Later, Brendan was assigned as a military affairs reporter covering four major Navy bases and the decommsioning of the USS Saratoga aicrfat carrier.

 

Brendan worked for the CBS affiliate in Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1992 and 1993. He was bureau chief of the station's Battle Creek newsroom.  He covered the murder trial of Brad King who was convicted of killing his wife, a morning news anchor. Brendan served as a trial expert on The Donahue Show.

 

Brendan began his broadcast journalism career in Rockford, Illinois where he reported and anchored for WREX-13. He started there as a news photographer, skills that have served him well later in his career as a multi-skilled journalist.

 

Family Matters

A dual citizen of the United States and Ireland, Brendan was raised in North Haven, Connecticut with his eight brothers and sisters. Two of his brothers and both parents died of cancer, and Brendan helped launch The Cure Starts Now. He enjoyes photography, travel, and flying drones for aerial photography. Brendan earned a bachelors degree in English Literature from Kenyon College in Ohio where he also created the student group Kenyon College Television.  He also briefly served as an auxiliary police officer for the NYPD's 13th Precinct in Manhattan in the years following the 9/11 terror attacks. Brendan's wife Tiffany was a network news writer before the couple moved to Cincinnati and Atlanta to raise their family. Tiffany, Brendan and their two children reside in Fulton County.

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Brendan Keefe's Interests & Activities:

Photography, aerial 'drone' photography, skiing, editing, home improvement.