Occupation: Brett Brooks has a multimedia career. A television reporter for WEEK 25 News, she also owns and operates Bee Squared Productions LLC, which specializes in social media for small businesses. And she is the founder and host of Pageants and Prosecco, a podcast dedicated to the beauty pageant community.
Community Involvement: As state director for the Miss Illinois/Wisconsin Earth Pageants, Ms. Brooks has coached contestants, including several who have won national titles or other honors. She is also a former Miss Illinois Earth USA. She has volunteered for the Girl Scouts of America, American Red Cross, and Salem Baptist Church of Chicago.
Education: Bachelor of arts, broadcast journalism, Eastern Illinois University; master of arts, public affairs reporting, University of Illinois-Springfield
Three things she’s passionate about: She is passionate about expressing her creativity in her work (writing, cinematography, editing, etc.), her family, and her business and podcast.
Three favorite hobbies: Filming, running 5Ks, reading and writing
Career influence and inspiration: “My former college professor, Roxane Gay, and Oprah, Ava DuVernay and Maya Angelou. They’re all creative and they all use their talent to show off their creativity. That’s what I admire.”
Inspirational quote: “Who knows? Maybe you were made queen for just such a time as this.” Esther 4:14
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