WCPO investigative reporter Brendan Keefe will leave Cincinnati in the fall to join Gannett-owned WXIA in Atlanta as chief investigative reporter. Keefe will also serve as a corporate trainer for the Gannett stations group. “It’s always sad to leave friends, and there are certainly mixed emotions as we prepare to say goodbye to Cincinnati, Scripps, and WCPO after seven great years,” Keefe wrote in a post on Facebook.
Here’s the full announcement:
“As part of 11Alive’s ongoing mission to hold the powerful accountable and make Metro Atlanta a better place to live, we have hired one of the most awarded and talked about investigative reporters in the country. Brendan Keefe, winner of the 2014 National Murrow Award for best Investigative Journalism, is 11Alive’s new Chief Investigative Reporter. Brendan has received two regional Murrow Awards, 38 Emmy Awards, Numerous Associated Press Awards all for Investigative and in-depth reporting. He has been embedded with our military during the Iraq War, covered Presidential campaigns, chronicled the aftermath of 9/11, documented hurricanes and exposed injustice and wrong doing of politicians and those in power. He is currently the Chief Investigative Reporter for WCPO in Cincinnati, and before that was a correspondent for WCBS in New York City, KPRC in Houston , WFSB in Hartford, and WWMT in Kalamazoo. And along with all this, Brendan shoots and edits all his own work. He is known around the country for his innovation with news gathering tools for investigative work. He is Scripps’ Senior MMJ and spends time teaching and training other MMJ’s and investigative reporters. He’ll be doing the same for Gannett. This is just one more example of our serious commitment to investigative and powerful journalism. Brendan starts October 1st.”