Brent traces his journalism roots back to high school. Under the encouragement of his advisor, he wrote a column about all the good news his school was getting—news the mainstream media generally ignored. The life-changing experience showed him how he could make a difference through the power of publication.
Brent starts his workday as early as 6 AM to read the morning paper. Once he arrives at the office, he works with staff across every department to oversee Gannett's commitment to fair and honest news coverage. He also works to onboard new staff and keep the internship program running smoothly, and his days often go late into the night.
“Gannett was the one place I got exposure to that was willing to really invest in me and take a risk. I didn’t have a formal journalism education, but I had a willingness to learn, persistence, and curiosity.”
“I think it’s really important that you are at a place where there is a lot of collaboration and cross-pollination so you can learn new skills. Gannett definitely offers that.”
“What I enjoy most about Gannett and USA Today is the collegial environment, the willingness people have to jump to help each other, and the humility many of our journalists wear day in and day out.”