Brendan Denison joined the WCIA 3 team as a Digital Producer in March 2020. He feels absolutely honored to be part of such a stellar group of reporters and journalists, and is very thankful to be back at story-writing after working in the apartment rental industry for three years.
Brendan received his Bachelors in News-Editorial Journalism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He’s also reported for the Commercial-News in Danville, where he covered crime and Vermilion County government for almost two years as a staff writer.
In 2016, Brendan wrote four pieces of a five-part series about the local impact of heroin addiction within three months of starting at C-N, which was also his first professional reporting role. He received a first place award in Enterprise Series from the Illinois Associated Press Media Editors. Brendan also received a first place award in Business Reporting from the IAPME for his article on a new hog farm that was developed in Fithian, Illinois.
While in journalism school, he focused on studying long-form non-fiction writing and literature. Brendan’s favorite story topics include environmental issues, labor issues, and politics.
He spent most of his childhood years growing up in the Norwood Park neighborhood of the City of Chicago. Brendan received his high school diploma from St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy in Delafield, Wisconsin. There, he discovered his passion for writing, with the help of his honors English teacher and several of his close friends and classmates. His favorite piece of literature he read in high school was ‘The Sun Also Rises’ by Ernest Hemingway. In his free time, he enjoys weight lifting at the gym, hiking or running at forest preserves, going to live music concerts, and caring for his pet rabbit, who is named ‘Ralph’. Brendan also is an avid snowboarder, and a frequent player of action, strategy, and sci-fi video games.