Brian Andrews joins the CBS4 News Special Projects team as an Investigative Reporter. He returns to South Florida after spending several years in Latin America reporting stories about lifestyle and culture and running the english language operations of one of Colombia’s largest private broadcasters.
Brian’s passion for reporting took him to Latin America in 2007 where his work with RCN made him one of the most recognized “gringos” in Colombia. Colombia’s “Noticias en Ingles” ran for several years as a segment in the network main newscasts, and expanded into a regional version covering all Latin American countries for RCN’s NTN24 all news channel in 2010.
Before joining RCN, Brian spent time as a consultant for Caracol Television. He also served as a freelance Correspondent for CBS News, CBS Radio and The Miami Herald. In addition to his work on Colombia’s News in English, Brian also volunteered as an Ambassador for Colombia Tourism and “Colombia is Passion.” He was featured as the voice of the famous animated monkey in RCN’s World Cup coverage in 2010 and appeared as the model image in a catalog of men’s fashions for Colombian designer Carlos Nieto.
For more than a decade, Brian was one of the most popular news anchors and reporters on South Florida television. Whether it was breaking news, politics, a huge international story, or a major storm, viewers of WSVN7 and CBS4 were used to seeing Brian on the story. During his many years on Miami Television, he reported from Cuba, Chile, Colombia, the Bahamas, Belize, Haiti, Italy, Israel, Jamaica, Panama, Venezuela, Peru, Thailand, Sri Lanka and throughout the Caribbean.
Reporting the news has been Brian’s passion since he was a child. He had his own radio show at the age of 13. At 18, while attending Georgia State University in Atlanta, he joined the staff of the CNN Radio Network. After several years of working almost every job in the radio division, he made the transition to the TV side of CNN, at 21, becoming an anchor of the Emmy-nominated “CNN Newsroom” program, aimed at young viewers in schools throughout the world. After Atlanta, it was on to Miami, where Brian was a long-time reporter and anchor. Brian also spent time as a National Correspondent for CBS Newspath.
Brian loves to share his knowledge and passion for visual media with the next generation of digital journalists. He’s lectured at several Universities in Colombia and the United States. Also, he teamed up with well known Colombian broadcaster Rafael Poveda to teach workshops to aspiring digital journalists in Bogota. Brian has been recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists for his foreign reporting, and by several South Florida federal and local law enforcement agencies for his local reporting and special series. He was also part of the WFOR-TV team of journalists honored with the Edward R. Murrow Award for Breaking News coverage in 2006.
In 2012, Brian was named Best TV News Reporter by the Miami New Times. The New Times wrote of Brian, “Few television reporters in South Florida offer more charisma or insider knowledge of the region than Andrews. The dude is 100 percent elan, and his vibe perfectly fits Miami and Broward. He pulses with color. And Andrews’ stories, whether detail the latest on a murder or a major storm or some international intrigue, always go further to bring us the news we need now.”
Brian lives in Downtown Miami, where he volunteers his time to help promote Miami-Dade County as a member of the County’s Small Business Advisory Committee and the Miami-Dade Sports Commission’s Media Relations Sub-committee.
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