Jennifer Brien

Journalist from Madison, Wisconsin.

"If you want to change the world don't ever, ever ring the bell."

-Admiral William H. McRaven

About me...

Hi everyone! My name is Jen and I am a senior at Southeast Missouri State University, located in Cape Girardeau, MO. I am a Multimedia Journalist with a double minor in Spanish and Sports Management. Outside of the classroom, I am a member of the Division 1 Women's soccer program.

Sports, for me is a way of life. I have played soccer at every level beginning at the youth league, to the highest competitive level of women's collegiate soccer. Through the years, I have played basketball and was a state qualifier for cross country during my freshman year. The experiences of winning a state soccer championship in high school, to winning in penalty kicks during the 2018 Ohio Valley Conference Tournament during my college career are experiences I will never forget.

As I embark on my journalism journey, I can't help but choose the path that puts the athlete in me right back on the sidelines. With that said, I am an aspiring sports journalist looking to follow in similar footsteps of some of the greats; Maria Taylor, Erin Andrews, Sophia Minnaert and Tracy Wolfson to name a few. I have a goal of one day adding myself to that list.

"Being able to go to practices again and being able to interview players, being on the field when they win, be a part of that energy and emotion that they get to experience and experience it first hand again, that's what I love about sports. That's what I love about college football."

-Maria Taylor

Why sports journalism...

It's a crisp and sunny Saturday morning, the birds are out chirping and the TV is on in my house. From a young age, my Saturday's started and ended with college football. Waking up to the voices of Kirk Herbstreit, Rece Davis, Desmond Howard and Lee Corso have been a tradition of mine since I can remember. It's the pregame adrenaline rush that gets me fired up for the upcoming Badger game. It's the excitement of which college town Gameday will arrive at and for an aspiring journalist like myself, it's an all around perfect day. 

Growing up in Madison, Wisconsin has not only given me bragging rights for many years, but the opportunity to be immersed in a culture so dedicated to sports. From the Green Bay Packers and the history behind Vince Lombardi, to the Jump Around tradition shared with Badger fans each season, gives me reasons to think it can't get much better. The year 2019 has proven that it does get better as both the Milwaukee Brewers and the Milwaukee Bucks are having exceptional seasons so far. I look forward to being a part of the action of my favorite sports teams during my NBC 15 internship this summer.