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BRANDI SMITH

ANCHOR / STORYTELLER / INVESTIGATOR

Summary

I’m a passionate, creative and engaging anchor and reporter whose personality shines through in every story. As an enterprising journalist, I connect with my audience through a variety of platforms, especially social media. I’m also an aggressive and driven team player.

EXPERIENCE

Feb. 2017present

MMJ / reporter / fill-in anchor

KHOU 11 • Houston, Texas

Created and hosted the #MorningRecut, a daily news update for Instagram
Named No. 1 in newsroom for social interaction consistently
Promoted to launch groundbreaking #HTownRush ensemble
Reported live for nearly an hour during TS Harvey while KHOU 11 evacuated
Presented with Houston Humanitarian Award for reporting

March 2016Feb. 2017

12News Tonight anchor / investigative MSJ

KBMT • Beaumont, Texas

Promoted from weekend to weeknight anchor within six months
Tripled ratings of 12News Tonight
Swept in-depth reporting category for SETX Press Club awards

March 2015Aug. 2016

NewsFix producer / EyeOpener fill-in anchor

CW39 • Houston, Texas

Became first AP to be promoted to producer within a year
Boosted ratings of 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts
Hosted "The Online Dish," a web-exclusive segment

Dec. 2007May 2013

Weeknight anchor / MMJ

KEZI 9 News • Eugene, Oregon

Selected as youngest-ever main anchor in the market
Spearheaded record success for community events
Generated market’s largest organic social media following

Education

Jan. 2003April 2004

Electronic media

University of Oregon
Sept. 2000Dec. 2002

Journalism / mathematics

Umpqua Community College

Skills

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Social media

I use multiple platforms to interact with viewers, engage in social listening and generate story ideas.

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Anchoring

I believe in a dialogue with viewers, not a monologue. My personal and engaging approach leads to increased ratings and positive feedback.

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Storytelling

As comfortable covering breaking news as I am a feature, I am a flexible and valuable reporter in the field.

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Investigating

As a fearless and aggressive investigator, I seek to hold accountable those in power and solve problems for our viewers.

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Producing

I bring to the table fresh and creative ideas that will help my station tell stories differently. 

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