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The grant will support work by journalist Brandi Kellam, an Emmy-award winning reporter who has produced national stories for CBS News.

Brandi Kellam


Brandi Kellam, an Emmy award winning journalist, has reported and produced for CBS News. She contributed to the network’s historic coverage of the 2020 Senate impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump and the death of Minneapolis resident George Floyd in police custody.

In 2022, Kellam was awarded a ProPublica Local Reporting Network grant with the Virginia Center for Investigative Journalism at WHRO to pursue an investigation about Christopher Newport University and its aggressive, decades-long expansion into a Black neighborhood in Newport News, Virginia.

Kellam, a native of Chesapeake, Virginia, earned a master’s degree in broadcast and digital journalism from the S.I Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.