Brett Kast joined the FOX 59 news team in August of 2018. He comes to central Indiana after living in Michigan his whole life.
Originally from metro Detroit, Brett made his way to East Lansing, earning a degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. Go Green! He then spent two years reporting for the NBC affiliate in Traverse City, MI before heading south to the Circle City.
Brett has a passion for broadcast news and loves to tell heartwarming stories that make an impression on the lives of others. His first experience with local news was in 2005, when a Detroit station ran a story on his younger sister battling brain cancer. Brett had started a bracelet fundraiser in her honor. Soon after the story aired, orders for the bracelets came pouring in. Because of that story, the Jenna Kast Believe in Miracles foundation (believeinmiracles.org) was born. The foundation has grown tremendously in the past decade, granting wishes to Michigan children facing life threatening illnesses. This experience encouraged Brett to pursue broadcast news.
Outside of work, Brett is an avid sports fan. He’s a fan of all Detroit teams, but nothing tops his passion for Michigan State athletics. Now living in Indianapolis, he’s looking forward to seeing his Spartans make a return trip to Lucas Oil Stadium for the Big Ten Championship.
Feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org with any story ideas, or just a friendly hello!
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – It’s hard to find another sporting event so rooted in American tradition as the Indianapolis 500. It’s a tradition that wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for those who protect it. “I just wanted to be of service, service to my country,” said Kenneth Fodrie, a Medical Readiness NCO for the 38th Infantry Division of the Indiana National Guard. Fodrie is a Hoosier, born and raised. He enlisted in the Indiana National Guard right after high school […]
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — As an instructor at MyComputerCareer, Anthony Queen teaches hundreds of people the ins and outs of IT, and about a quarter of his students are veterans. “I decided to become an artillery firefinder radar operator,” said Army veteran Robert Felvus. Felvus spent a year in Afghanistan. While there, he struggled with his mental health, and when he returned, he was lost. “After leaving the military I had lost my identity,” Felvus said. “I didn’t feel like I […]
BOONE COUNTY, Ind. — As trucks move in and out of Lebanon Business Park filling the demand for business, the demand for workers is climbing with it. “We’re turning down the opportunity to bid work all the time because it just doesn’t fit our schedule, we can’t staff it,” said Ben Forsythe, a project manager for Merritt Contracting. Forsythe says they get multiple offers to bid every day, but because they’re underemployed by 15%, they can’t apply for them all. […]
MUNCIE, Ind. — If you drive by the corner of University and Dill in Muncie, you may notice there have been quite a few changes over the years. Before Brother’s Bar and Grill, another late night favorite stood at that corner. One that could only be found in Muncie, Indiana. “There’d be a line all the way down to the next block,” recalled Derek Edwards, owner of White Rabbit Used Books. “Everyone loved his hot dogs and loved him. He […]
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – After shootings inside two Indiana schools, teachers and administrators are planning and preparing, hoping to prevent similar events from happening again. “It’s sad but its important work,” said 3rd grade teacher and interim principal with Warsaw Community Schools Justin Schafer. “A safe school is a learning school, and we’re in the business of keeping kids safe.” Schafer and nearly 1,000 other Indiana school safety specialists are in Indianapolis for a two-day advanced training academy. School leaders will […]
SPEEDWAY, Ind. – Whether you come for the tradition, the action or the people, everyone knows the sounds. With thousands of people flocking into town for this weekend’s IndyCar Grand Prix, neighbors close to the track are ready. “It’s something else,” Jacob Miller said of May in Indy. Miller is a manager at Daredevil Brewery, located on Main Street in Speedway. They go all out in May with race-themed beer and special events. “With the addition of the Grand Prix, […]
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind– With cars flying down the road upwards of 60 miles per hour, those working alongside highways are in a vulnerable situation. “Anyone who changes a tire on a highway is very courageous, very brave,” said Sam Gillespie, owner of Sam’s Roadside Service. “They know they might not come home at the end of the day.” On Wednesday, 30-year-old Clinton Simmons didn’t make it home. He was fixing a flat tire along I-74 near Lizton, when a semi truck […]
SOUTHPORT, Ind. – As the music of “The Lion King” echoed through the halls of Homecroft Elementary School Wednesday, the words reminded everyone of the reason they were there – to show support to the student who was not. “For her not to be here, it’s just different,” said classmate Sadie Heller. In November, fifth grader Savannah McHale was diagnosed with a form of cancer called DIPG, a brain tumor that’s both rare and inoperable. “It’s kinda been weird because she’s […]
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind — Dozens of first responders from across central Indiana met at the Indianapolis EMS headquarters to learn how to better understand patients with special needs. The presentation, called “The Emily Talk,” was given by Tom Felter Jr., a paramedic from northwest Indiana who has a daughter with down syndrome. “I can talk to both sides of this issue, because I’m on both sides of this issue,” Felter Jr. said. For more than 20 years he’s worked in emergency […]
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – During National Nurses Week, two nurses with IU Health are being praised for their quick thinking after calling for an emergency landing of a plane. As a clinical manager at Riley Hospital for Children, Jen Engelmann has to be ready for it all, even when she’s not at work. Last month, Engelmann was flying to a nursing conference in San Diego. Shortly after takeoff, a call was put out for medical help after another passenger had trouble […]