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Aristea Brady is an anchor/reporter for Minnesota’s most watched television station, WCCO-TV. The award-winning journalist comes to Minnesota from her hometown of Denver, Colorado where she worked as an anchor at the station she grew up watching. Aristea’s been recognized with a William Randolph Hearst Journalism Award and a Rocky Mountain
Aristea was excited to return to the Midwest after having graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. While at Medill, Aristea was awarded a documentary grant to travel to Europe to film a documentary centered on coverage of “Operation Iraqi Freedom.”
Aristea’s favorite part of broadcast journalism is the constant unpredictability. She loves not knowing what she may be walking into any given day: a sit-down with a Nobel Laureate, a foiled criminal, or even a neighborhood hero! Her favorite stories are the ones that profile the difference-makers. She considers telling their stories a privilege.
Aristea is beyond excited to support the “Hope Chest for Breast Cancer.” After recently losing one aunt to breast cancer and another currently beating the disease, it’s a cause close to her heart. With each strenuous hour Aristea puts into dancing, she’s doing it with her charity as fuel. The money raised goes directly to Twin Cities women battling the disease. The executive director of “Hope Chest”, Barbara Hensley, started the organization after losing both her sisters to cancer. While at an appointment with one of her sisters, Hensley noticed a woman undergoing chemo while her children sat quietly at her feet. The nurse told Hensley it’s because the woman couldn’t afford childcare. Hensley knew this wasn’t right…something needed to be done. She quit her corporate job and thereafter, began the start of “Hope Chest.” Nurses at local hospitals now keep their eye on the immediate needs of women fighting this terrible disease. “Hope Chest” is then able to provide things like food, transportation and conveniences to these women who need a dose of hope.