We are excited to welcome Brad Schmitt as our 2020 Keynote Speaker! Brad writes the Inside Nashville column for the Tennessean, getting powerful, personal stories from Music City's movers and shakers.
Olympic ice skating champ Scott Hamilton has told Brad about adopting children from Haiti. Mt. Zion Baptist Church’s Bishop Joseph Walker shared the painful story of his first wife’s deadly battle with cancer. Nashville Sheriff Daron Hall revealed that he once found himself in the back of a police car when Hall was a teen.
Brad comes to the job with his own story. He spent 12 years writing celebrity column “Brad About You” for The Tennessean before joining WKRN-News 2 as an entertainment reporter. During his TV reporter days, Brad was convicted twice in three years for drunken driving. Brad got fired, and he went to jail and rehab before getting into recovery from substance abuse in 2010.
The Tennessean offered the “Inside Nashville” column to Brad four years later. Since then, Brad tries to bring the same authenticity and vulnerability he uses in recovery to his columns.