Chip Brewster

Chip Brewster

Feature reporter

Let me answer your first question: Chip Brewster is NOT some name made up for TV. My parents have called me that since before I was born!

As the new feature reporter at FOX 13, I am beyond excited to bring that fun, community-focused element to our new 4 p.m. newscast. You can expect some truly entertaining live TV, along with great information on what makes the Tampa Bay area such a great place to live. After all, #WeLiveHere.

Before moving to Tampa, I was a lifestyle reporter in Houston. Though my stint in the Lone Star State was a short one, in that time I helped cover: Super Bowl LI, the 2017 World Series, Hurricane Harvey, and one of the world’s largest livestock shows and rodeos. I also experienced a whole lot of Texas culture and cuisine, took part in a four-day trail ride (like, actually on a horse and sleeping outside), and pulled 9.26 G’s with the USAF Thunderbirds.

Prior to Houston I spent three years as the Real Milwaukee Roving Reporter. It was a job somewhat similar to what I’m doing now at FOX 13.

I had actually started in Milwaukee in September 2011 as the station’s second-ever multimedia journalist. It’s a fancy title that basically means I did it all. You’d see me in and around the Milwaukee area hauling both a camera and a notepad as I performed the duties of photographer and reporter. You may think I harbored some animosity over having to do “two” jobs at once but I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

My first on-air job was at in Rockford, IL, and I got my first job in TV in Chicago as a morning show writer at WGN-TV.

I was born in San Diego, CA but grew up in Lake Zurich, a northwestern suburb of Chicago. I met my now-wife while attending Lake Zurich High School where we began dating and continued on through college, into real life, and marriage. I went to college at Illinois State University.

I also have a military side to my life. I first enlisted into the Illinois Army National Guard in November of 2006 and after five and a half years, I moved into the Army Reserve as a sergeant. Originally with the 484th Army Band based in Milwaukee, in September of 2015 I accepted a promotion to staff sergeant and the transfer to the 85th Army Band based in the Chicago area that came with it. Then in June of 2016 with my move to Houston, I switched gears one more time to the 395th Army Band based in the Oklahoma City area. It’s here that I am currently serving as a Music Performance Team leader.

Saxophone is without a doubt my primary instrument but I also have a passion for drum set and drum line, singing, piano, guitar and I dabble on flute and clarinet.

I also love to be outdoors. I love snow skiing, running, biking, swimming, boating -- sports of all kinds, really.

Thanks for checking out my bio page. Hope to see you around Florida!

The latest from Chip Brewster

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Bay Area Best: Roger's Chicago Hot Dogs

When you're away from home, there's nothing like your favorite food to take you back to your roots. That's true for any Chicago native who visits Roger's Chicago Hot Dogs in Holiday.

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Bay Area Best: Alfonso's Pizzaria

If you love pizza, you have to try Alfonso's in Tampa. New York-style slices, plus unbelievable baked goods. A FOX 13 viewer told Chip Brewster Alfonso's is where his love for pizza began.

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With one bite of this food, he's back in Jamaica

Born and raised in Jamaica, it wasn’t until he was 16 years old that Damian Chin moved away from the island.  After joining the U.S. Air Force, he ended up stationed at MacDill Air Force Base. That’s about the time he met Andrew Pandreu, a fellow Jamaican living in the Tampa Bay area.

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Kojak’s: Where love bloomed over plates of barbecue

Ribs, obviously, are the specialty at Kojak’s House of Ribs. That’s what viewer Vicky Mcshane said when she invited Chip Brewster to join her for his Bay Area Best segment, and that’s what she ordered for him.