Have You Met?

Name: Jodi Brooks

Hometown: Denver, born and raised

Resident: Denver

Education: Graduate of University of Wisconsin at Madison

Profession: Reporter for Denver’s News 4-CBS

Status: Single

Story by: Nancy Koontz

Jodi Brook’s (National Emmy award-winning journalist) dream has come true. After four remarkable jobs as a reporter in Wausau, Wisconsin, Chattanooga, Tennessee, Mobile, Alabama, and Cleveland Ohio, Jodi is back – and better than ever -in her home town of Denver with the News 4 team at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.

As a young, talented professional, Jodi has already accomplished some amazing things. While in Mobile, Jodi gained national attention for her efforts to help mothers who were not able to care for their new babies. Sickened by a story about a mother who had drowned her baby in a toilet, Jodi wanted to make a difference so this might not happen again. She worked with local leaders convincing them to allow mothers to drop off their unwanted infants at hospital emergency rooms without fear of prosecution – with a “no questions asked” guarantee.

Alabama lawmakers eventually passed a law known as the “Jodi Brooks Law,” which has been established in nearly every state in the country including Colorado. This is what brought Jodi her National Emmy award, and she was honored for her efforts on the Oprah Winfrey show, as well as the Rosie O’Donnell Show. She has also been written up in several magazines such as People, Time, Newsweek, and Redbook.

Jodi is so glad she is back in Denver enjoying her family and friends who were dearly missed while she was concentrating on her career. Knowing well that Denver is considered a very desirable city for news reporters, Jodi is grateful that working hard has brought her back to the place of her original roots. In a world where “you can be hot chocolate one day, and chopped liver the next,” Jodi is happy to say, “The train stops here! There’s simply no place like home and working for News 4!” We say, “Thank you Jodi for making Denver proud!”

What was your first job? “My Favorite Yogurt” across the street from my school - Cherry Creek H.S.

What is your favorite place in your home? Living Room

What three things are always in your refrigerator? Oranges, Turkey and Water

Where can you be found at midnight? Working on the computer.

What type of social event is your favorite? Bronco Games and CU Football Games.

Who is your hero, and why? My parents because of their courage, drive and moral fiber.

Who is your mentor? Professor James Hoyt from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He always told me 'You can do it!'

What is a favorite childhood memory? Participating in soccer games at the designated soccer fields on Arapahoe Road - which ended up being an all day affair. I learned how to be a part of a team by playing soccer.

Who is your favorite author? Dr. Seuss. I also read a lot of non-fiction books.

What are your favorite magazines? People and Runners’ World

What do you most value in your friends? Honesty. I like hearing a difference of opinion, since we are not all alike. Being able to “dip” into their lives and vice versa.

What is one thing nobody knows about you? I am a “Klutz.”

What would you do it you were queen of the world? Everyone would have everything they needed. I would share the good stuff, and spread the wealth.

Who is the most interesting celebrity you’ve ever met? Oprah Winfrey. She has a way of validating you; she can just rip the worlds out of your mouth. She is so classy and puts out so much warmth.

What are your hobbies or other interests? Working out. Right now I just love Bikram Yoga.

What is your pet peeve? People that chew with their mouths open.

What is your favorite clothing store? Nordstrom. I also like discovering a small boutique where I find something wonderful - especially when you weren’t necessarily looking for something.

If your life were a movie, who would play your part? Drew Barrymore or Ashley Judd.

If there were one thing you would change about yourself, what would it be? Stop looking ahead so much.

Which one word describes you best? Energetic.

What one word would others use to describe you? Organized.

What makes you laugh? My singing.

What is your most treasured possession? My family.

What are your personal mottos or favorite quotes? Celebrate Life! There’s always tomorrow. It is what it is….

What do you consider your proudest achievement? Making it back to Denver through my journeys.

What is your greatest indulgence? Snacks from 7-11

What is the best advice your Mom/Dad ever gave you? It always works out! When has it not?

What or who is the greatest love of your life? My family and friends

What do you think is the secret to success? Good listening, and believing in yourself.

What is your current state of mind? I’m in a good place right now; everything has come together. I’m enjoying professional success and comfortable with who I am. I just need my personal life to catch up with my professional life! I know there is still much more to experience.

What might your epitaph read? It’s been one hell of a life!

My Guestbook

more air time for miss brooks please
dave martinez
24-Apr-06


Jodi, I can't thank you and P.Lo enough for your help with my event. You're fabulous. All my best wishes! Katie Barchas StandUp for Kids
Katie Barchas
02-Jun-05


It's not only your Family who is proud of you, your extended family and friends are proud and thrilled to have you back in Denver.
Margie & Mickey
09-Dec-04


It's not only your Family who is proud of you, your extended family and friends are proud and thrilled to have you back in Denver.
margiegersh@hotmail.com
09-Dec-04


Jody: Your Mom and Dad have a connection to Nancy Koontz. It just came to mind! Nancy found Elvis (Charles King) who performed at Burt's 60th birthday! Your Mom and Dad hired him for the Homecoming party they had!!!
Lee Levy
06-Dec-04


Oops! I meant to type friend instead of from when referring to Nancy Koontz.
Lee and Burt Levy
05-Dec-04


Your zest for life comes through in this interview and all that you do. We wish you continued success! Nancy Koontz, who wrote up this interview, is a childhood from of mine and Burt and I get together with her and her husband Bob. What a small world!
Lee and Burt Levy
05-Dec-04


You make your whole family so-o-o-o proud. You are such a hard driving person, all of your goals are within reach. We couldn't be happier that you are back home and News4 should be thrilled to have you. We love you very much.
Mom & Dad
02-Dec-04


Thank you all so much for the nice messages. Your kind words and continued support mean so much. Thank you for sharing is this exciting time. I am so happy. I guess this is what it's like when dreams come true. And, thank you for watching News 4! Love, Jodi
Jodi Brooks
02-Dec-04


Thank you all so much for the nice messages. Your kind words and continued support mean so much. Thank you for sharing is this exciting time. I am so happy. I guess this is what it's like when dreams come true. And, thank you for watching News 4! Love, Jodi
Jodi Brooks
02-Dec-04


Way to go Jodi. This was a great article and a wonderful interview. Keep up the good work.
Enid & Steve
02-Dec-04


What a great article and picture! I am happy for you and for your family that you are all finally together in the same city. You worked hard to get here and I know more success is yet to come!
Cindy Shaiman
02-Dec-04


Great article, FABULOUS PICTURE! I hope Denver and Channel 4 know how lucky they are to have someone with your talent and caring personality. You have such a special way of bringing warmth and vitality to every one of your stories You are so right, family is what it is all about!!! We are all so VERY PROUD OF YOU! Love you, Lauren & Jerry
Lauren Miller
02-Dec-04


We are so proud of you! The best is yet to come. We love watching you nightly. You bring beauty and energy to Channel 4. We look forward to seeing you become the next Barbara Walters!
Helena & Allan Striker
01-Dec-04


Jodi- This interview is sooo you. It's fresh, alive, and captivating! What a wonderful world for having such a precious person like you in it. It's pretty darn neat you are my cousin! Love to you! Suz & Barry
Susie Gurinsky
01-Dec-04


Jodi, We are so happy that you are back in Denver so your parents can relax now. We wouldn't know what to do if you weren't in our bedroom every night. We are so proud of you and please keep up the good work.
Cindy and David
01-Dec-04


Nice article and interview. I like Drew Barrymore and Ashley Judd too. If you get one of them to play you, maybe you can arrange for me to play the part of your father in your upcoming movie.
Henry Reckler
01-Dec-04


Good stuff....but your parents are your greatest heros...come on! I can see your mother...but your father? I'm forwarding it to Steph since I know she'll enjoy it! Keep it up!
Ely Fishkin
01-Dec-04


And....we can say "we knew you when". You're very special and you always have been.
Patti & Bud
01-Dec-04


YOU are just SOOO PRECIOUS! The media could use more nice folks likev YOU! LUV YA-MEAN IT! Anita Cocktail
Anita Cocktail
29-Nov-04



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