Veteran reporter/anchor Brad Woodard joined the KHOU 11 News team in March of 2006. The award winning journalist came to Houston from KARE-TV, the NBC affiliate in Minneapolis-St. Paul.
Brad's passion is storytelling. As a member of KARE'S "Extras" unit, his primary focus was long form, in-depth reports. Brad has also been a frequent contributor to NBC's "Today" show, with nearly 200 of his reports airing before a national audience.
Brad's work has been recognized with numerous international, national and regional awards. He received a National Press Club Award in 2008. In 2005, he was the recipient of a Silver World Medal from the New York Festivals. He also received a 2005 platinum award and a 1998 gold award from the Houston International Film Festival, also known as Worldfest - Houston. The largest film festival in the world awarded the gold to Brad for his profile of a Holocaust survivor returning to Auschwitz to recount his experiences as a prisoner there a half century earlier.
Watch a compilation of Brad's award-winning reports on animal issues View larger player On a national level, Brad was the 1994 recipient of the highly coveted Sigma Delta Chi Award for his feature on the death of the family farm. Other national awards include 2007, 2006, 2003, 2000 and 1994 Genesis Awards, now administered by the Humane Society of the United States , for his investigative reports exposing cruelty to animals used in research and in the production of drugs. Brad was also the 1998 recipient of the National Epilepsy Foundation Distinguished Journalism Award for his work providing an unprecedented glimpse into the life of a teenage boy living with epilepsy.
Brad's local and regional awards are too numerous to list, but they include 15 Emmy Awards from the Chicago/Midwest, Upper Midwest and Lone Star regions in categories ranging from investigative reporting to entertainment reporting. He is also the recipient of 3 regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for investigative, feature and sports reporting.
Prior to arriving at KHOU, Brad worked at KARE-TV, the NBC affiliate in Minneapolis-St. Paul, WTVF-TV, the CBS affiliate in Nashville, TN. and at WSAV-TV in Savannah, GA, where he anchored, reported and produced documentaries.
Brad has also appeared in the HBO film, "Vietnam War Stories," and on the short-lived ABC television series, "Breaking Away."
Prior to his television career, Brad served as an officer in the United States Air Force where he briefly flew jets.
A native of Hayesville , North Carolina , nestled in the scenic mountains of Appalachia, Brad received his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Georgia in 1984, with minors in Russian and Music. He is also a graduate of the Pushkin Institute for Russian Language in Moscow.