Watch out, Denver, she’s back and better than ever! Jodi Brooks, a Denver native and graduate of Cherry Creek High School, joined the CBS4 team from WEWS TV in Cleveland, Ohio, where she most recently was the “Live on Five” Investigative Reporter. Jodi now reports for CBS4 News at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Coming home to Denver is a dream come true for this National Emmy award-winning journalist. Jodi is known as a hard hitting investigative reporter and has won numerous local, state, and national awards for her reporting. Jodi says she never knew her potential as a journalist and certainly never anticipated such satisfaction from her career.
She graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and started as a reporter in Wausau, Wisconsin, at WAOW-TV (ABC). She would eventually move to Chattanooga, Tennessee, and report for WRCB-TV (NBC). Next it was onto Mobile, Alabama, as an anchor/reporter at WPMI-TV (NBC) and then Cleveland, Ohio, as an investigative reporter at WEWS-TV (ABC).
While in Mobile, Jodi gained national attention for her efforts to help mothers who were not able to care for their new babies. Sickened by a story about a mother who had drowned her baby in a toilet, Jodi wanted to make a difference. She convinced local leaders to allow mothers to drop off their unwanted babies at hospital emergency rooms, without fear of prosecution for neglect and abandonment — no questions asked. Alabama lawmakers would eventually pass the “Jodi Brooks Law,” and now nearly every state in the country has followed, including Colorado.
Jodi won a National Emmy for her efforts and has appeared on several talk shows including “Oprah” and “The Rosie O’Donnell Show.” She’s also been featured in numerous magazines including People, Time, Newsweek, and Redbook. So what’s next? A made-for-TV movie is in the works. Jodi is working with writers and producers in Los Angeles on a Lifetime Televison movie based on her efforts to save unwanted newborns. Stay tuned for a release date in the next year or so.
In her spare time, Jodi enjoys running. She’s completed four marathons. You can also catch her in the boxing gym. But the best thing for Jodi about being home in Denver is spending time with her family and friends she’s missed while working on her TV career. Jodi says, “The train stops here! There’s simply no place like home and working for CBS4 is a dream come true.”
Just The Facts
- First TV appearance: Blinky the Clown Show
- Dream interview: It would have been my grandparents.
- Why I am a journalist: To learn, listen and inform the community
- Favorite story: So many!
- Most memorable interview: So many!
- First story: Snowmobile races and ice fishing
- Role model: My parents
- Hidden talent: Singing in the shower
- Alma Mater: University of Wisconsin – Madison
- Hometown: Denver
- Star sign: Scorpio
- Hobbies: Yoga, weight training, boxing, movies
- Favorite food: Pizza
- Favorite sports team: Broncos, Wisconsin Badgers, Colorado Buffaloes
- Favorite musician: I like all pop and R&B
- Favorite vacation destination: Poolside, beach, anywhere the sun shines
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