Brad Willis is a writer based in Greenville, South Carolina. Willis spent a decade as an award-winning broadcast journalist with a background in political and crime reporting. He has worked as a freelance writer, columnist, and professional blogger since 2005. He has also served as a commentator and guest on a wide variety of television, radio, and internet shows.
Born in the shadow of the Ozark mountains, Willis spent more than two decades in Missouri before adopting the South as his home. After working at KOMU in Missouri, he spent nearly a decade as a television news reporter at Mississippi's WLOX and South Carolina's WYFF covering crime, politics, and their occasional intersection.
Willis covered one of the first notable school shootings and the decades-late conviction of Ku Klux Klansman Samuel Bowers. He reported from the South Carolina State Capitol building as the Confederate Flag was lowered from its dome. Willis also created a series of reports that held politicians accountable for the truthfulness in their advertising, a formula that has been repeated many times in the years since. That series won the National Headliner Award Best of Show. Willis’ investigative reporting received several awards from the Associated Press, Southeast Regional Emmy Awards, South Carolina Broadcasters Association, and the National Headliner Awards.
In 2005, Willis began to travel the world and write about the burgeoning tournament poker phenomenon. Since then he has traveled extensively and built a network of a dozen blogs to cover tournaments from Las Vegas to Monte Carlo to Macau.
Willis spends his little spare time fiddling with his cast iron skillet, acoustic guitar, backyard smoker, hiking shoes, and a map to the nearest live music venue. He lives in his adopted hometown of Greenville, South Carolina with his wife, two sons, and two goofy dogs.