Shannon Brinias knew in high school she wanted to be a journalist and has never looked back. “I love the camaraderie in the newsroom,” she says, “when there is breaking news, fire or severe weather, we all pull together and gather information. It’s very satisfying.”
With 20 years of news gathering under her belt, she still marvels at the interesting people she meets. “I genuinely enjoy people, all varieties of personalities. I like to get out into the community and interact with people,” she says.
The award-winning journalist co-anchors the KKTV 11 news at 5:30 and 10 pm and has been with the station since 2006. Like most broadcast journalists, Brinias has moved often. She launched her career in Scottsbluff, Neb., and has worked in Wyoming, Reno, Portland, Spokane, Denver and Seattle. She grew up in Arizona and Seattle and is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash.
One news story she says will always stick with her is the 1991 kidnapping of Jaycee Dugard in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. “I worked on this story when I was in Reno. The story will always have special significance to me,” she says. “Jaycee’s mother was a driving force in keeping that story alive.”
In demand as a master of ceremonies, Brinias enthusiastically emcees for events for groups such as the American Heart Association, Special Kids Special Families, March of Dimes and Peak Vista Community Health Centers. “Our station is dedicated to serving the community and I’m really honored to participate in the events for these groups,” she says.
Years back, she mentored at-risk girls as a member of the Junior League. Now, Brinias is on the board of Big Brothers/Big Sisters. “It’s a natural fit for me. I’ve seen the power of mentorship first hand,” she says. “I know what a difference mentors can make in the lives of kids who may be struggling.”
Brinias carves out time for her family. Most of her leisure activities now revolve around her daughter. Journalists like to say that they are writing the first draft of history. Says Brinias, “I just think it’s the greatest job in the world. Every day you do and learn something new and different. What other job can give you that?”