Updated: July 14, 2020 09:01 AM
Created: July 09, 2020 04:45 PM
Here is a look at the team behind the 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS "Conversations about Racism and the Road to Equality" project:
What motivates me to report on "Conversations about Racism and the Road to Equality" is hope. As a Black woman I stand on the brave, strong shoulders of the African Americans who came before me: Against all odds, they were resilient and hoped for a better future. My hope is all of our viewers will be informed and inspired by these series of stories. I hope the candid conversations about issues related to racism will illuminate important topics people don’t always discuss and create an opportunity for all Minnesotans to better understand each other on the path to equality.
Brandi Powell is a Weekend Anchor and Reporter at KSTP-TV (ABC affiliate) in Minneapolis-St. Paul.
Brandi has been part of the 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS team since January 2014. She’s filled-in as a host on “At Issue” and as a co-host on “Twin Cities Live”. Brandi was selected to be in the Prince and Mary Tyler Moore specials on REELZ, giving on-air perspectives as a journalist and Minnesotan.
From 2011-2013, Brandi worked as a Reporter/Multi-Media Journalist at KNSD-TV (NBC 7 San Diego). She covered breaking news, crime and politics. While at NBC 7, she also served as a regular on-air contributor for 'Politically Speaking', the station's weekly political show.
Brandi worked as a Reporter/Video Journalist/Bell County Bureau Chief, from 2008-2009, at News 8 Austin (now named Time Warner News - Spectrum). She covered Fort Hood and its surrounding communities.
Her first on-air position was as the Political Reporter at KFYR-TV (NBC Affiliate) in Bismarck, North Dakota. From 2006-2008, she covered statewide elections and legislative sessions. Brandi was on assignment in Guatemala for nearly two weeks, covering elections, agriculture and education, as she followed a group of North Dakota teachers doing an intercultural exchange.
Brandi began her career, behind-the-scenes, as a Production Assistant at MSNBC, from 2005-2006. She was an Intern with The Washington Center, for the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York City. She was also an Intern with Dateline NBC in 2004.
In 2011, Brandi earned her Master of Arts degree in Anthropology from George Washington University. From 2009-2011, Brandi was a full-time graduate school student in Washington, DC.
In 2004, Brandi earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She minored in Spanish. She was in the UNLV Honors College. Brandi also studied abroad for a semester in Salamanca, Spain and a summer in Barcelona, Spain.
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS & VOLUNTEERING
Brandi is a member of National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and Twin Cities Black Journalists (TCBJ). She emcees events for a variety of community organizations and companies including Depart Smart and Urban Ventures. She also moderates panel discussions. In 2019, Brandi volunteered weekly at Urban Ventures with its dynamic youth programs.
AWARDS AND HONORS
Brandi has won multiple team Emmy awards and earned individual Emmy nominations. She has also won two North Dakota Associated Press awards. In 2014, Brandi was selected to do a Voice-Over for part of a Shark Week episode. In 2017, Brandi was selected as the Keynote Speaker for the Patricia Adams Lecture Series (PALS) at Heidelberg University in Tiffin, OH.
Brandi was born in Minnesota. She enjoys traveling near and far with loved ones, as she likes to experience different cultures. She's conversational in Spanish. Brandi has fun painting & doing all kinds of art work, watching movies, going to live jazz & theater performances, eating delicious food, hiking and spending time in her yard with her family. Brandi lives in Minneapolis. She says she hit the jackpot with her husband and their baby daughter.
What sparked this idea for me was my intense emotions and the civil unrest in my community in the wake of George Floyd’s death. It was the conversations following the tragic incident on Memorial Day that lit a fire in me. Floyd’s death was a catalyst for not only immediate change, but curiosity for the people who never had Racism impact their livelihood. Multiple people I never interacted with before wanted to hear my insight, my reaction to that video, and a look inside my pain as a Black man in America. That is what makes this project so vital and special. It provides perspective from all walks of life and contextualizes why the push for systemic change is strong right now. This series is for all of us to understand just how important it is to confront Racism, and how our community can shift the culture as a unified front towards equality. This series is for the lives lost at the hands of racism. This is for the people who struggle due to the color of their skin. This is for the voiceless.
Josh is ecstatic about being able to stay in his hometown of St. Paul! He joined 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS as a Producer in January of 2020 to start his career in Journalism. His work experience includes being an Associate Producer and Reporter at St. Cloud State University’s University Television Studios, an Editorial Contributor for Minneapolis’ Insight News, Newsroom Intern at WCCO-TV, Production Intern at Saint Paul Neighborhood Network and an online NBA contributor for a sports fan site "SporTalk."
He graduated from St. Cloud State University in 2019, where he earned a B.S. in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Television Production.
Some of his favorite moments in his budding career have been covering Minnesota Lynx games, writing feature pieces of staples of the North Minneapolis Community, reporting for Men’s & Women’s Husky Basketball at St. Cloud State University, and covering events surrounding the Minneapolis Black Business Week in 2019.
When he is not working, you can find Josh in any sports atmosphere. That includes watching the Timberwolves, Vikings or Twins or even playing basketball or golfing himself. He spends time blogging, reading, attending concerts and watching his favorite television shows including: “The Chi” and “Queen Sugar." Spending time with friends and family is also a big part of Josh’s life.
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