Brent Solomon




ALUM_40Under40_Logo-white-01.pngBrent Solomon

BSTEL '03  Richmond, VA

INDUSTRY: Communications


Emmy-nominated and award-winning journalist, Brent Solomon is a television news anchor and reporter for the NBC affiliate in Virginia. Originally from Tampa, he received an undergraduate degree from the University of Florida, where he was honored by the College of Journalism and Communications with the “Professional Promise” award for his potential and outstanding contributions to the PBS affiliate in Gainesville.

Brent went on to receive several professional awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Association of Black Journalists and The Associated Press, which named him the “Best Reporter of the Virginias” in 2018. Throughout his career, Brent has interviewed a host of influential newsmakers, including Vice President Joe Biden, President Jimmy Carter, Sen. John Edwards and the Rev. Jesse Jackson, as well as a host of athletes and pop culture artists.

Over his 16-year television career, Brent has spent time in newsrooms in New York, Miami, Little Rock, Savannah, Albany, Tampa and Gainesville. After receiving a master’s degree from Purdue University, he returned to the classroom in 2019 as an adjunct instructor to help shape the future wave of journalists and practitioners in the communications industry.

Brent enjoys public speaking, volunteering and spending time with his family. He is a member of the national service group Progressive Black Men Inc., a non-profit he founded at the University of Florida, as well as the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., where he mentors youth under the organization’s “Go to High School, Go to College” platform. Brent lives by the motto “To whom much is given, much is required.”