Brendan Keefe is a pioneer in the growing craft of multi-media journalism.
Brendan Keefe's Bio:
Brendan Keefe leads The 11 Alive Investigators, Atlanta's team holding the powerful accountable. Send your news tips to firstname.lastname@example.org
A National Investigative Murrow Award recipient, Brendan was named Best Large Market TV Reporter and Best Photographer by the Ohio Associated Press. His groundbreaking style of investigative reporting has earned a total of 50 Emmy awards since 1996.
Last year, Brendan joined WXIA 11 Alive, Atlanta's NBC affiliate, as Chief Investigative Reporter and a corporate trainer for Gannett Television Stations. Brendan is also a contributor for USA Today. Right out of the gate, he investigated warrantless tracking of personal cell phones; spent a month in Ferguson analyzing the grand jury decision; and he uncovered startling weaknesses in Georgia's 911 system -- an investigation that immediately went national.
Brendan spent the previous seven years as a weeknight anchor and chief investigator for WCPO 9, Cincinnati's ABC affiliate.
In the last seven years, Brendan has been honored with 43 Emmys from the Southeast and Ohio Valley chapters of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He was awarded a trio of Emmys for his first three months of work at WXIA, in the craft categories of specialty reporting, editing, and photography.
A Decade in Major Markets, And More To Come
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 last year.
Chief Investigative Reporter
In October, 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. 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 in June. One of Ohio's largest charter schools closed last summer 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. Also in 2013, 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 in 2013 just days after Brendan revealed many of its employees had to fight just to get paid.
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. As the only corporate Senior Multi-Media Journalist, Brendan traveled more than a month each year to other Scripps stations and bureaus to provide training, and he evaluated new technologies, work flows, and storytelling techniques for rapid deployment throughout the company. Gannett has tapped Brendan for this same skill set, teaching MMJs and investigators throughout the company.
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.
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. He also covered development of the Navy's first Seawolf submarine and spent two days 800 feet below the Atlantic Ocean aboard a Los Angeles class attack sub. Brendan filed the first all-digital, tapeless news story in 1996 using a prototype camera.
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.
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.
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-media journalist.
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 volunteers with 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 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.
Brendan Keefe's Experience:
Chief Investigative Reporter & Gannett Trainer at WXIA '11 Alive' (Gannett/NBC)October 2014 - Present | Atlanta, GA
Leader of the investigative team at Atlanta's NBC station, 11 Alive. Corporate trainer for Gannett Television Stations.
I-Team Anchor & Chief Investigator at WCPO-TVOctober 2007 - September 2014
Shoot, write, edit, produce and present investigative reports as a "multi-media journalist" and anchor. Voted Best Large Market TV Reporter and Best Photographer by the Ohio Associated Press. Wins an average of eight Ohio Valley Emmy Awards every year, nearly all for solo work as an MMJ. One National and two Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards in 2014. Chopper reporter/camera operator. Weeknight evening anchor 2007 - 2012.
Scripps Senior Multi Media Journalist (Corporate) at The E.W. Scripps CompanyOctober 2012 - September 2014
Develop, design, and deploy cutting-edge storytelling techniques for all Scripps multi-media journalists (MMJs) in 14 television newsrooms nationwide. Selected to lead innovative program training and re-tooling the company's reporters, photographers, and storytellers. Major focus on technology.
Correspondent at WCBS-TVFebruary 2003 - October 2007
11:00 P.M. weeknight reporter in New York City. Weekend morning anchor for two six-month stretches. War correspondent with three combat reporting tours in Iraq and Kuwait. Covered the terrorist bombings of commuter trains in Madrid. Won NY Emmy awards for continuing coverage of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, and for breaking news coverage of the NYC Blackout. Won the coveted Silurian Award for outstanding coverage in Iraq from one of the oldest press clubs in the nation.
Reporter at KPRC-TVOctober 1997 - November 2002
Special Projects Reporter for five years. Also the "go to" choice for breaking news. Flew regularly in the news helicopter as the Chopper 2 reporter. Covered the collapse of Enron, the Andrea Yates child drownings, multiple hurricanes, three serial killers, Houston floods, the Clinton impeachment hearings, U.S. Capitol shootings, and the Space Shuttle program. Flew twice in zero gravity with NASA aboard the KC-135 "Vomit Comet." Won four Suncoast Emmy awards, including two for an underwater cave diving documentary he shot alone while on vacation in the Yucatan Peninsula.
Anchor/Reporter at WFSB-TVOctober 1995 - October 1997
Pioneered two major expansions of the morning news program as co-anchor with Mika Brzezinski. Also worked as breaking news reporter and special projects reporter for other newscasts. Won Boston/New England Emmy award, Society of Professional Journalists award and Connecticut Associated Press Award for Best Feature.
Reporter at WJXT-TVJanuary 1994 - October 1995
Military Affairs Reporter covering the nation's third largest Navy complex of four major bases. Also worked as "The Whistleblower" uncovering government waste and abuse.
Reporter at WWMTOctober 1992 - January 1994
Battle Creek Bureau Chief. Responsible for story development and staff in WWMT's Battle Creek Newsroom. Covered the trial of a criminology professor and former police officer charged with executing his wife, the local ABC morning anchorwoman. Appeared as a trial expert on The Donahue Show.
Anchor/Reporter/Photographer at WREXFebruary 1991 - October 1992
Hired as news Photographer/Reporter. Quickly promoted to Anchor/Reporter after a series of ground breaking investigations. Year-long investigation of KKK resulted in me being assaulted by armed white supremacists at the same Klan rally where Geraldo Rivera was attacked.
Brendan Keefe's Education:
Kenyon College1986 – 1990Bachelor of Arts (BA)Concentration: Liberal Arts - EnglishActivities: Creator of Kenyon College Television
North Haven High School1982 – 1986HS DiplomaConcentration: TelevisionActivities: Co-creator of student news program still "on the air" 30 years later
Brendan Keefe's Interests & Activities:
Photography, SCUBA diving, aerial 'drone' photography, skiing, editing, home improvement.