Brett Kast joined the CBS4/FOX59 news team in August 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 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.
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FISHERS, Ind. — Police across the region are working together in the fight against gun violence by treating each gun they find as its own crime scene. “The most common place is going to be on the magazine,” said Sgt. Jim Hawkins of the Fishers Police Department as he brushed a handgun for fingerprints. “For DNA, we’ve had luck on the grip, the triggers, the front slide area and the rear slide.” The gun he’s inspecting could be the key […]
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Gun violence was the topic of conversation tonight at the Haughville branch of the Indianapolis Public Library. Local organizations and IMPD met with neighbors to hear their concerns and their ideas on stopping the violence. “We’ve had a significant amount of violence earlier in the year specifically in this neighborhood, and the majority of all those have been committed with guns,” said IMPD Southwest District Commander Susan Hill. Today at the library, talking is encouraged. Community members on […]
PLAINFIELD, Ind- Neighborhoods in Plainfield are being targeted by thieves who have been stealing valuables from unlocked cars, or the cars themselves. Police say they’ve received more reports than usual since last weekend. “You just realize you’re really not immune to things,” said Plainfield resident Larry Chestnut. On Sunday, Chestnut’s son woke up to a surprise. He went out to his car and noticed something was wrong. “His glove box had been rifled through, had stuff thrown on the floor, […]
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AVON, Ind. – In the spring, CBS4 brought you the story of Ricky Hull, an Avon man with down syndrome who had a simple goal of raising a $590 for the annual Down Syndrome Indiana Buddy Walk, which takes place this year on October 5. However, a lot has happened since that story first aired. Since then, Ricky has reached local celebrity status. And he’s enjoying every second of it. “He just gets so excited, big smile on his face, […]
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A young woman says she was shot with a Taser and mugged in the middle of the night. It happened near the corner of 14th and Pennsylvania on the near north side of Indianapolis. “I was walking. I was really close almost home when I heard these really fast footsteps coming up behind me,” said the young woman who asked not to be identified. The college student had just come home from work and during the quarter […]
WHITELAND, Ind. — The town of Whiteland is grieving the loss of a high school sophomore. Ryan Latham was just 15 years old when he died unexpectedly Saturday morning just hours before his JV football game. The cause of his death is still unknown, but what is known is the love he had for his community, and the love they have for him. “He was one of a kind. Truly one of a kind,” said his mother, Carol Latham. On […]
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