Bryan West

 
Bryan West is a reporter, multimedia journalist for 12 News. He joined the team immediately following graduation at Northwestern University in Chicago. He began as a planner producer in 2011 for the morning show. 
From there, Bryan transitioned to a triple role: social media contributor, investigative producer and Explore Arizona multimedia journalist. He would travel the state to shoot fun, travel segments. Some of his favorites included navigating a wild cave and covering a hot air expedition. On the watchdog and investigative team, he worked on a series of stories looking into the Phoenix Fire Department’s Arson Unit. The team’s findings won them a DuPont and Murrow award, two of the most prestigious accolades in the broadcast industry.

In 2013, Bryan became a reporter working with the team on EVB Live. Two years later he transitioned to the morning show. Every day he shoots, writes and edits the stories for the evening newscasts as well. His favorite part about the job is getting to meet people from around the Valley and share their experiences.

 
Feel free to say hello or pitch a feature to Bryan: btwest@12news.com 
 
 
Hometown: Spring Creek, Nevada (7 hour drive north of Las Vegas)
 
City of Residence: Phoenix
 
Your Heritage: On my father’s side is Scottish and Irish. On my mother’s side is Spanish.
 
Current Position: Reporter/MMJ
 
When you joined 12 News: July 2011
 
College Graduated from: Northwestern University
 
Interests/Hobbies: Running, hiking, kayaking, getting lost on Hulu or Netflix, graphic desiging, networking, telling jokes (most of which probably aren’t funny), and meeting new people.
 
Favorite Music: Top 20 and country.
 
Favorite Song: “Looking Up” SafetySuit
 
Favorite Book(s): “How to Win Friends and Influence People” and “The Defining Decade: Why your twenties matter – and how to make the most of them now”
 
Favorite Quote(s): Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.
 
Favorite Food: Anything with cheese.
 
Favorite Color: Blue
 
Favorite Travel Destination: Anywhere in Europe.
 
Pets: Currently none, but I have always been a dog person.
 
Children: Can’t wait to have a kiddo!
 
Hidden Talents: Juggling, cartwheeling and doing headstands.
 
Favorite Sports Teams: Arizona Cardinals, Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona Coyotes and Phoenix Suns.
 
Favorite Moment in Broadcasting: Getting to interview Garth Brooks and asking him to do his first snapchat. 
 
Why you decided to work in TV: I wanted to help the voiceless and I wanted to make people smile. In high school and college, I found the easiest way to do that was shoot and edit stories. 
 
Where else you have worked: Reno, Nevada and New York.
 
First Story Reported: A hot air balloon expedition in North Phoenix.
 
Your First Job: I was a server at Ruby View Golf Course in northeastern Nevada. 
 
What People Would Never Guess About You: I have helped my dad install a full sprinkler system and build a deck, fence, pergola and shed.
 

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