Brett is excited to join 7&4 News and begin his broadcasting career in his home state. Growing up in metro Detroit, Brett visited Northern Michigan every chance he could get, especially spending time at his family’s cottage in Houghton Lake.
Brett’s passion for TV news began at a very young age. In January 2005 when he was in fifth grade, he experienced first hand how local TV news can change lives. In 2003, Brett’s youngest sister Jenna was diagnosed with a brain tumor. He and his friend started a bracelet fundraiser to raise money for cancer research, and a local TV reporter came to his house to do a story on their fundraiser. The response to the story was so large, that they officially registered as a non-profit organization a few months later. Today, the Jenna Kast Believe in Miracles foundation grants wishes to about 30 kids every year who suffer from life threatening illnesses in Michigan. The impact that one local news story made in his life and the lives of others inspired him to pursue broadcast news.
Brett graduated from Troy Athens High School and went on to graduate with a degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. While in school, he worked with the student run newscast “Focal Point,” government access station HOM-TV in Okemos, MI and was an intern at WDIV in Detroit. Brett also hosted a weekly sports talk radio show “The Pact” on the student run radio station WDBM “The Impact.”
Brett looks forward to finding the stories that are important to the people of Northern Michigan. If you have any story ideas send them to Brett at firstname.lastname@example.org.