- Full Name Shaquille Brewster
- Occupation Journalist
- Nationality American
- Birthplace New York, USA
- Birth Date Jan 06, 1993
- Age 30 Years, 10 Months
“I was drawn to journalism by my love of politics and my desire to help people understand it. For me, journalism was a way to add context to the political debate and discourse, with the hope that through understanding, more people would participate in the process. Over time, my interest in journalism expanded beyond my love for politics, to a love for storytelling.”
Shaquille Brewster| BiographyBrewster joined NBC News in July 2014 as Tim Russert Fellow
On 30 August 2021, when Brewster was reporting on Tropical Storm Ida in coastal Mississippi and doing a live MSNBC shot from Gulfport, Mississippi, a random man jumped out of a white pickup truck, ran towards Brewster, shouting at him to "report accurately." The man got in Brewster's face before he ended the report. He was later identified as Benjamin Eugene Dagley and arrested on charges of assault, violation of emergency curfew, and disturbance of the peace. The incident brought Brewster to prominence.
Shaquille Brewster is an NBC News Correspondent. He rose to prominence after being attacked on-air by a random man while reporting on Tropical Storm Ida in coastal Mississippi.
Who is Shaquille Brewster?
Shaquille Brewster is an American journalist, working for NBC News since July 2014. He became the Correspondent for the news channel in October 2020. Before that, he was a National Political Reporter at NBC News and covered the 2020 presidential campaign. Previously, Brewster also worked as a producer, campaign embed, and Tim Russert Fellow at NBC News. Before joining NBC News, he worked at Hearst Television for more than two years.
Early Life and Education
Shaquille Benjamin Brewster was born in New York City on 6 January 1993. He attended Howard University in Washington, D.C., and graduated in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science with a 4.0 GPA in December 2013.
While at the university, he also served as a student affairs director at the School of Communications Student Council from November 2011 to May 2013.
From 2011 to 2013, he also worked as an executive producer at Howard University's student-run WHUT Spotlight Network, leading production meetings, assigning stories, and training members. He also reported, wrote, and edited broadcast packages for WHUT Spotlight Network.
In addition to working in the university's television station, Brewster interned at News 12 Connecticut from May 2011 to August 2011, MSNBC from May 2012 to August 2012, and Associated Press from June 2013 to August 2013.
"Working for 'free' is very common for journalism students, where many internships are unpaid. However, the experiences that you can get from those unpaid — and sometimes unofficial – internships can be invaluable. They help you get your foot in the door and make you a stronger candidate for the paid positions," Brewsters told Rolling Out in September 2016 about internships of journalism students.
Brewster began his professional journalism career as a morning associate producer in Hearst Television's Washington D.C. Bureau. As he had just started his final semester at Howard University at the time, Brewster explained that he would get to work at 2 a.m. at midnight and go straight to his 10 a.m. class.
He worked as an associate producer for Hearst Television from February 2012 to July 2014. Additionally, he was also assigned to coordinate content distribution during the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
Brewster kicked off his NBC News journey in July 2014 as Tim Russert Fellow. He edited videos and wrote enterprise and spot pieces for an online arm of NBC News called NBCNews.com. He worked parallelly with the morning show Meet the Press and the assignment desk.
A year later, he became a 2016 campaign embed for NBC News. As one of the networks' embedded political campaign reporters, Brewster covered the presidential candidates daily. He also shot videos, reported and wrote stories for NBC News across all platforms. He also provided live shots for correspondents and updated social media.
From September 2016 to February 2019, Brewster served NBC News as a producer, producing live, tape, and digital content for the network's various platforms. He shot video, wrote for NBCNews.com, and produced spots for the Today show, NBC Nightly News, and MSNBC Reports. Brewster also covered some of the notable events at that time, including the 2018 royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, hurricanes Irma and Maria from St. Thomas and Puerto Rico, and the nuclear tensions with North Korea from Guam. He also covered sports events like the World Series and Super Bowl LI & LII.
Brewster became a political reporter in February 2019. He covered the 2020 presidential campaign for NBC News across the network's news programs and digital platforms. He then became a correspondent in October 2020.
On 30 August 2021, when he was reporting on Tropical Storm Ida in coastal Mississippi and doing a live MSNBC shot from Gulfport, Mississippi, a random man jumped out of a white pickup truck, ran towards Brewster, shouting at him to "report accurately." The man got in Brewster's face before he ended the report. A moment later, he tweeted, "Appreciate the concern guys. The team and I are all good!" MSNBC president Rashida Jones later appreciated Brewster as a "consummate professional who did not let someone intimidate him from doing his job." Jones also called Brewster "an exceptional journalist."
The man who angrily approached Brewster was later identified as Benjamin Eugene Dagley. He was arrested on 2 September 2021 at a shopping plaza in Dayton, Ohio. Officials told NBC News on 3 September 2021 that Dagley would be charged with two counts of assault, one count of violation of emergency curfew, and one count of disturbance of the peace.
Brewster currently lives in Chicago, Illinois.