Brendan Keefe

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

Brendan Keefe's Bio:

Brendan Keefe is the Chief Investigator for WXIA-TV, leading the national-award-winning 11Alive Investigators, Atlanta’s team holding the powerful accountable. Send your news tips to theinvestigators@11alive.com 

In 2016 alone, Brendan's investigative work has been honored with a Peabody Award, two National Murrow Awards, the American Legion Fourth Estate Award, the Atlanta Press Club Excellence Award for Investigative Reporting, 11 regional Emmys, and he was named Best Specialty Reporter in Georgia by the Associated Press..

 

Brendan has won more than 65 Emmys over a quarter century reporting for news stations in Georgia, Ohio, Florida, Texas, Michigan, Connecticut, Illinois, and New York City. He has served as a war correspondent embedded with US Army troops in Iraq, covered a dozen hurricanes, and he created the first all-digital tapeless news story in 1996.

Brendan works as a multi-skilled journalist -- researching, photographing, producing, writing, and editing his own investigations primarily alone. He also serves in a corporate position as the lead trainer for TEGNA Media’s MSJ program, sharing his skills a team of trainers and hundreds of content creators at 46 television stations across the nation.

 

Chief Investigative Reporter

In his first major investigation for WXIA, Brendan uncovered startling weaknesses in the nation's  911 system. His work revealing problems locating cell phones during emergencies won a 2015 George Foster Peabody Award, a 2016 National Edward R. Murrow Award for Continuing Coverage, and multiple Emmys. In another investigation, Brendan and a producer were ejected from a closed-door meeting of lawmakers and lobbyists by police working for the political charity ALEC (the American Legislative Exchange Council), a story that was recognized with the 2016 National Investigative Murrow and an Emmy.

 

He was in Ferguson, Missouri to investigate the Michael Brown shooting, and Brendan was sent to Orlando the day of the Pulse Nightclub massacre where he was the first to broadcast dispatch recordings detailing confusion among rescuers during the active shooter response.

 

Prior to joining TEGNA and WXIA in 2014, Brendan was an evening anchor and chief investigative reporter for WCPO, the Scripps flagship station in Cincinnati. Two Ohio police departments shut down for good following Brendan’s investigations revealing corruption. 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 2014 National Investigative Murrow Award. Cincinnati’s largest charter school closed 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. He was also named Best Reporter and Best Photographer by the Ohio Associated Press.

 

More than a Decade in Major Markets

Previous to moving to Cincinnati to become a weeknight anchor, Brendan worked for five years at New York's WCBS-2 as a correspondent. He won two New York Emmys for breaking news coverage of the Northeast Blackout in NYC, and continuing coverage of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. He completed two reporting tours in Iraq, and a third in Kuwait during the invasion. Brendan's international assignments have also taken him to Madrid to cover the Al Qaeda terrorist bombings of commuter trains. He creported on the Spanish elections 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 KPRC-2, Houston’s NBC affiliate, from 1997-2002. He covered the collapse of Enron, and flew daily in Chopper 2 as a helicopter reporter. He also flew twice in zero gravity with NASA aboard the KC-135 "Vomit Comet" and later with Zero G in a modfied 727. 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.

 

Storyteller

Prior to his work in Texas, Brendan was a morning anchor for WFSB-3, the CBS affiliate in Hartford, Connecticut. He covered development of the Navy's Seawolf submarine, and he spent two days 800 feet below the Atlantic Ocean aboard a Los Angeles class fast attack submarine, USS Springfield. He won his first Emmy for WFSB in 1996.

 

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, the decommissioning of the USS Saratoga aircraft carrier, and Russian inspections of nuclear missile facilities under the START treaty.

 

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 served as a trial expert on The Donahue Show after a Michigan news anchor was shot dead by her husband, a local criminology professor.

 

Brendan began his broadcast journalism career in Rockford, Illinois where he reported and anchored for WREX-13. He spent a year investigating a Ku Klux Klan faction. Brendan started as a news photographer, skills that have served him well throughout 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 enjoys 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.