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!
Regardless of where we end up in life the tastes of our childhood will always bring us back to where we grew up and for one of our FOX 13 viewers, that is the Chicago area. He took FOX 13’s Chip Brewster to Holiday to share those tastes.
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.
Ask any 11-year-old to name their favorite food and you're likely to hear something like mac and cheese, chicken fingers, or pizza. That’s how old Spencer Nuckolls was when his dad was first brought him to Alfonso's Pizzeria.
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.
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.
Six years ago, a little place called Fresh Country Café opened up in Zephyrhills. About 20 years before that, its owner Mike was going through the fire academy with Brian McDougal.
In his quest for the Bay Area’s best, Chip Brewster headed to Mission BBQ. While there are dozens of locations of this franchise, the Brandon restaurant is a particularly special place for at least one local mom.
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.
The Freezer restaurant in Homosassa restaurant sits along the Homosassa River in Citrus County and used to quite literally be a bait freezer for Cedar Key Fish and Crab, the retail and wholesale seafood market attached to it.
It wasn’t a friend’s suggestion, or a sense of adventure that drove one FOX 13 viewer to Jam’s Café in Spring Hill. It was uniquely personal – and actually medical.