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For our ninth episode, Bode Brooks sits down with us to discuss what it's like being a part of a brand new newsroom, an opportunity that does not come along too often in this day and age. He's the State Capitol Reporter for WDKY Fox 56 News in Lexington, Kentucky, covering all things Kentucky politics for the station. We'll discuss how he became an anchor almost right out of school and his love for political reporting, as well as the opportunity to be a part of a brand new news operation, one Bode could not pass up on taking.
Brooks is originally from Summerville, Georgia and got his start in news when he was 16, covering local news for his hometown’s country music station, WZQZ. After leaving his hometown for college, Bode interned and was later hired by Atlanta’s #1 radio station, WSB, as a weekend anchor during his senior year.
Bode is a graduate of the University of West Georgia earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications with a minor in Political Science. While at UWG, Bode served as news director of both his college radio and television stations and hosted his own radio talk show, “The Power Hour.“ He was also active in student government and his fraternity, Tau Kappa Epsilon.
Bode’s first television job came right after he graduated in May 2019 when he was hired to be the weekday morning anchor at KTVE in Monroe, Louisiana. Shortly after, Bode was promoted to weekday evening anchor. Bode’s coverage contributed to KTVE being recognized for “Best Small Market Newscast” by the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters.
While at KTVE, some of the major stories Bode covered include:
- The first visit to Monroe by a sitting president in more than 3 decades
- The investigation into the death of Ronald Greene in Louisiana State Police custody
- The sudden death of Monroe’s Congressman-Elect Luke Letlow from COVID-19
In his free time, you may be able to spot Bode out at any local park with his schnauzer, Roosevelt.
(Bio courtesy foxlexington.com)
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