I’m Brittany Toolis, an Emmy-winning reporter for KIRO 7, join me on KIRO 7 News at 4, 5, & 6pm.
7 Questions With Brittany Toolis :
Where did you grow up?
Southside of Chicago
Why did you become a journalist?
My broadcasting career began as a rink-side reporter in the American Hockey League. She joined her first news station in Rockford, IL after finishing up the season with the Rockford IceHogs with the initial goal of continuing sports coverage. Instead, I fell in love with news coverage. I love diving into a new community and sharing the stories of the people who call it home.
What cities have you worked in during your journalism career?
Rockford, IL and Oklahoma City, OK
What’s the most memorable story you’ve ever covered?
During my time in Oklahoma City, I extensively covered reproductive rights when SCOTUS overturned Roe V. Wade, as the decision changed the State’s reproductive legal landscape. I also covered a nearly 30-year cold case trial of now convicted murderer William Reece, who’s also a suspected serial killer in the area.
What are you most proud of in your career in news?
The Emmy I was awarded for team coverage of the 2022 Seminole Tornado in Oklahoma. I'm most proud of the achievement because I took an alternative career route, not going to school for Journalism and worked her way up in the industry. Everything I learned is on the job, and the award shows the work she put in. Working hard enough to get to report for a station as respected and esteemed as KIRO 7 is also a huge career accomplishment and one I can’t be prouder of.
What’s something people don’t know about you?
When I'm not reporting you can find me walking around Seattle trying out lattes and pup-cups with my Irish Wolfhound who thinks she’s lapdog, Ophelia AKA Loaf. I also like working out and during the cold months, baking French macaron cookies. You’ll also find me cheering on all Chicago teams, except the Cubs. Go Sox!