News Anchor - Chief Investigative Reporter, Broadcast Media
Brendan Keefe is a pioneer in the growing craft of multi-media journalism.
Brendan Keefe's Bio:
38-time Emmy winner Brendan Keefe was named Best Large Market TV Reporter by the Ohio Associated Press in 2011, and Best Photographer with back-to-back wins in 2012 and 2013. He is one of two finalists for Best Reporter in the state again this year.
Brendan joined WCPO in 2007 as a weeknight evening anchor. He is now I-Team Anchor and Chief Investigator for 9 On Your Side.
In the last five years, Brendan has been honored with 31 Emmys from the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, including multiple awards for investigative reporting, photography, and editing. The vast majority of those Emmys were for solo work as an MMJ. Brendan won the very first "video journalist" Emmy in the Ohio valley chapter for his MMJ work in 2012, and a personal best eight Emmys in 2013.
Last year, 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. Cincinnati reorganized its 9-1-1 center as a direct result of Brendan's investigation revealing some dispatchers had no medical training. A seven-county narcotics task force completely shut down after Brendan Keefe's investigation revealed a practice called 'policing for profit' -- agents were seizing cars and cash from acquitted defendants while letting major drug dealers go free. The task force director was indicted and pleaded guilty to federal charges. Also last year, a national coupon website closed its doors just days after Brendan revealed many of its employees had to fight just to get paid. In 2012, Brendan exposed thefts by government workers in Arlington Heights, Ohio -- one of the most notorious speed traps in the nation -- before those employees were indicted for stealing money from speeding tickets.
Brendan was tapped by Cincinnati-based E.W. Scripps, the parent company of WCPO, to develop a hands-on training program for investigative reporters and multi-media journalists. As the only corporate Senior Multi-Media Journalist, Brendan travels more than a month each year to other Scripps stations and bureaus to provide training, and he evaluates new technologies, work flows, and storytelling techniques for rapid deployment throughout the company.
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. 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 also won a NY Emmy for live coverage of the Northeast Blackout from a darkened Times Square.
He also served as an auxiliary police officer for the NYPD's 13th Precinct in Manhattan in the years following the 9/11 terror attacks.
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 April 2004 when he and a photographer were embedded with a U.S. Army Reserve unit from New York. During the deadliest month for I.E.D. attacks, Brendan endured a 600-mile convoy from Kuwait to Kirkuk in Northern Iraq, and later returned to cover the same unit in January 2005.
Brendan's Iraq reporting won the coveted Silurian Award from New York City's oldest press club. 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.
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 shot alone 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. While there, he provided gavel-to-gavel coverage of a major murder trial. The defendant, a criminology professor and former police officer, was convicted of executing his own wife, the local ABC morning anchorwoman. He appeared on the Donahue Show as a trial expert. Brendan also flew an F-16 fighter jet with the Air Force Thunderbirds in 1993.
Brendan began his broadcast journalism career in Rockford, Illinois where he reported and anchored for WREX-13, now NBC but at the time it was an ABC affiliate. His yearlong investigation of the Ku Klux Klan culminated with an attack on him and his camera by masked white supremacists at the same rally where Geraldo Rivera was assaulted. Brendan started at WREX as a news photographer, skills that have served him well later in his career as a multi-media journalist for WCPO Networks.
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 earned a bachelors degree in English Literature from Kenyon College in Ohio where he also created Kenyon College Television. Brendan's wife Tiffany was a network news writer before the couple moved to the Tri-State to start a family. Tiffany, Brendan and their two children reside in Anderson Township.
Brendan Keefe's Experience:
I-Team Anchor & Chief Investigator at WCPO-TVOctober 2007 - Present
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. Won eight Ohio Valley Emmy Awards in 2013, seven Emmys in both 2011 and 2012, six Emmys in 2010, and three more Emmys in 2009, nearly all for solo work as an MMJ. Chopper reporter/camera operator. Weeknight evening anchor 2007 - 2012.
Scripps Senior Multi Media Journalist (Corporate) at The E.W. Scripps CompanyOctober 2012 - Present
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, skiing, editing, home improvement.