Brandon Gates is a Master of Science in Journalism candidate at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. His concentration is broadcast and his interests are health, race, religion, and international reporting. He is a 2010 graduate of the University of South Carolina, where he studied broadcast journalism. He has interned at KVVU in Las Vegas and served as a campus correspondent for CNN University. He has also served as a co-host of the Teen Forum Show / Your New Nation, a nationally syndicated radio show. Brandon is a native of Charleston, S.C. and currently resides in New York for grad school. He is a self-proclaimed "news junkie" and jazz connoisseur. He is a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Chicago Bulls, Detroit Pistons, and the Carolina Gamecocks.