Well, hello there! Ah, the bio page -- one of the first steps in getting to know some of us TV peeps.
As of June 2016 I am filling the role of Lifestyle Reporter on KPRC Channel 2 Today. If you turn on your TV between the hours of 5 a.m. and 6 a.m. you'll see me doing things such as skydiving, yoga, event previews, restaurant features and everything in between. Oh, and all of it is live, unscripted and on location.
Prior to my KPRC arrival I spent four and a half years at FOX6 in Milwaukee –- the last three of which I was the Roving Reporter (aka Lifestyle Reporter) for their 9 a.m. talk show, Real Milwaukee. Prior to that, I worked for nearly two years at 23 News, the CBS affiliate in Rockford, Illinois. There, I developed and sharpened my solo act skills while pounding the pavement of the Forest City and nearby Freeport.
I got my official start in Chicago as a morning show writer at WGN-TV. Now 2 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday may SEEM like a brutal shift, but getting to meet the famous types and work with such a fun staff were well worth the odd hours.
"Enough of the work history what about the REAL Chip Brewster?" Fair enough.
I was born in San Diego, California, though you would never guess it by talking to me. When I was about four, I moved to Illinois with my mom and sister where the real child-rearing took place. As such, I consider myself a true Midwestern boy despite the West Coast beginnings. My hometown is in northern Illinois -- little ol’ Lake Zurich. In fact, I met my now wife while attending Lake Zurich High School (LZHS) where we began dating and continued on through college, into real life and marriage.
After nearly six years in the Illinois Army National Guard with the 144th Army Band, I moved into the Army Reserve as a sergeant in 2012. My first reserve unit was the 484th Army Band based in Milwaukee. Then in September 2015 I accepted a promotion to staff sergeant and the transfer to the 85th Army Band based in the Chicago area. However as of June 2016 I am playing saxophone and doing a little singing with the 395th Army Band based in Oklahoma City (the closest Army Reserve musical unit to Houston). That transitions nicely to my love for music. Saxophone is without a doubt my primary instrument but I also have a passion for drum set and drum line, piano and guitar, and I dabble on flute and clarinet... DABBLE. You'll never see me jammin' on a flute.
While music and TV take up the majority of my time, those moments where I can get away I love to be outdoors. My number one, top, favorite, hands-down, no doubt about it activity involves a lot of snow and a large mountain... skiing. I realize moving to Houston doesn't quite jive with this love but don't worry, the snow-capped mountains are just a plane ride away. Beyond that, I am up for really anything that involves fresh air and sunshine -- running, mountain biking, swimming, sports of all kinds, boating, etc.
Part of my outdoor joy comes from riding my motorcycle and competing in challenge runs (also known as mud, fun or obstacle runs). I've had the pleasure of partaking in the Tough Mudder, Warrior Dash, Spartan Series and Men's Health Urbanathlon, to name a few.
Finally I would be remiss if I didn't thank my professors at Illinois State University for helping to make me into the "reporter" I am today (LTP and BC). Go Redbirds!
Thanks for checking out my bio page. Hope to see you around Houston!