Before he joined DW, Brent worked as a producer for CNN in Berlin and Washington. He has also reported for Time Magazine in Germany and can be heard on numerous German radio stations offering analysis of US media and American business and foreign policy. Brent is also a guest lecturer in journalism at universities in the US and Germany.
Brent was a producer/reporter for the CNBC international business talk show, "Global Players." He has interviewed leading business figures such as George Soros, Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche and General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt.
He was nominated as a "World Economic Forum Young Global Leader" in 2008 for his excellent anchoring and reporting on the financial crisis.
Prior to his European assignment, Brent worked as a reporter in the US at NewsChannel 11, the ABC affiliate in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. He began his career as a reporter and anchor at KOMU-TV, the NBC station in Columbia, Missouri. He also reported and anchored at the National Public Radio (NPR) station in Columbia, Missouri.
In 1995 he was awarded the Edward R. Murrow Prize for excellence in investigative journalism.
Brent holds a master's degree in German and European Studies from Georgetown University in Washington, and three Bachelor degrees, in German, Journalism and Political Science, from the University of Missouri.
Brent came to Germany in 1995 as a Fulbright Scholar where he was a guest researcher and a lecturer at the Institute for Journalism at Hamburg University. He also spent time at German networks ARD and RTL, contributing as a guest producer. Brent received a fellowship from the Robert Bosch Foundation in 1999, which enabled him to spend several months observing the Berlin office responsible for the processing of the Stasi police files of the former German Democratic Republic.
Brent speaks fluent German and conversational Spanish.
Brent enjoys swimming, strength training and travelling. Some of his recent destinations include India, Israel and Jordan. The ruins of Petra now top his list of favourite vacation sites. At least once a year, Brent returns to his childhood home of North Carolina. And he's been known to sing a tune or two!