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Brad Willis Biography
Brad Willis is a former NBC News foreign correspondent, author, musician and teacher. As a journalist, Willis was well known as the recipient of the Alfred I. DuPont–Columbia University Award for his work from inside Afghanistan during the Soviet Occupation in 1986.
Having retired from journalism due to a broken back and failed surgery, Willis has focused on Vedic wisdom, teaching and writing about Ayurveda and yoga.
Brad Willis Education
He was enrolled at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California, earning a degree in English Literature and a Secondary Teaching Credential. Forsaking a planned career in academia, he left graduate school and joined KVIQ as a news reporter. Within two years, Willis was the news director, anchor and investigative reporter for KVIQ.
Brad Willis Career
Willis worked for KVIQ from 1973–76, earning several awards from the Associated Press and United Press International for his investigative reporting. In 1976, he was recruited by KCRA-TV in Sacramento, California. After a brief stint as executive producer of KCRA’s prime time news magazine show, Weeknight, he became an award-winning investigative reporter for the news division.
In 1984 he was hired by WFAA-TV, Dallas, Texas and continued as an investigative journalist. During this time, he produced major investigative reports on corruption involving national politics and corporate business. His reports from Venezuela on a Texas oil executive wrongly imprisoned in an international oil scandal led to eventual freedom for the American.
In 1986 Willis moved to WBZ-TV in Boston, Massachusetts, and continued his career as an investigative journalist. He launched WBZ’s first foray into global news coverage with reports from Afghanistan during the Soviet occupation. His documentary covering his time with the mujahideen and in the massive refugee camps along the Afghan/Pakistani border earned him the Alfred I. DuPont–Columbia University Award. On vacation afterward, he fell from a ledge battening down storm windows in the tropics and fractured his lower spine. Despite constant pain, he continued working for seven more years.
Willis subsequently reported on the struggle against apartheid in Africa from Botswana, Zambia and Zaire, the drug wars in Colombia, Bolivia and Peru, the reopening of US/Vietnamese relations in Hanoi with Senators John Kerry and John McCain, and efforts to help the indigenous people of the Guatemalan highlands. In 1987, he was given the Gabriel Award for broadcast excellence with a positive and creative treatment of concerns to mankind for his work in Guatemala.
In 1989 Willis began a career with NBC News as a foreign correspondent posted to the Miami Bureau and covering Latin and South America. His major areas of focus included El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, Cuba, and Colombia. In 1990 Willis was dispatched to the Middle East to cover the Persian Gulf War for NBC. He was on the front lines of Operation Desert Storm and Operation Provide Comfort. As the network Pool Reporter for the First Marines, he covered the Battle of Khafji and the liberation of Kuwait, reporting live from Kuwait City with NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw. Willis then moved into northern Iraq to cover the Kurdish refugee crisis. In 1992, Willis was posted to Hong Kong as the NBC correspondent for covering Asia. He reported from China, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan, and the Philippines.
Willis later suffered a severe break in his lower back from the injury seven years earlier. A fusion-laminectomy operation failed, left him deeply disabled and ended his career with NBC News. Several years later, Willis was diagnosed with oropharyngeal cancer and given little chance of surviving the disease. Willis then stopped years of heavy medications and turned to the Vedas as an alternative to Western medicine that was apparently failing him. He claims that two years of intense meditation, pranayama, fasting, veganism, Shatkarma purifications, and yoga postures affected a cure of his cancer and back problems.
In 2004, Willis took on the spiritual name Bhava Ram, and under this name has produced several books on Yoga and Ayurveda, plus CDs of yoga instruction and original music. He and his wife ran a yoga training and healing arts school called “Deep Yoga,” based in San Diego. His memoir, Warrior Pose-How Yoga Literally Saved My Life, was published in May 2013.
As Bhava Ram, Willis holds certification in Ayurveda from the Kerala Ayurveda Academy and is certified as an Advanced Yoga and Ayurveda Educator through the American Institute of Vedic Studies. Ram leads training and retreats in the U.S. and internationally, plus lectures and provides keynote speeches to medical schools, executive groups, and holistic health practitioners.
Brad Willis Age
He was born August 27, 1949, in Los Angeles, California, America.
Brad Willis Family
He was born the youngest of three children. As a teenager coming of age in the 1960s, he was actively involved in the national protest movement against the Vietnam War. From 1969-73. There is no information about his family and how he was raised up. Dan has not shared any information about his parents and with their occupation.
Brad Willis Married
He is said to be married but has he has not shared in public much about his wife. He has also not shared any information about him having dated before.
Brad Willis Children
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Brad Willis Height
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Brad Willis Salary
His annual salary is estimated to be between $10k to $50k.
Brad Willis Net Worth
Brad estimated net worth is around $100k to $1M.
Brad Willis Books
- Ram, Bhava (2008). Deep Yoga: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times. Lotus Press.
- Ram, Bhava (2009). The Eight Limbs of Yoga: Pathway to Liberation. Lotus Press.
- Willis, Brad (2013). Warrior Pose: How Yoga Literally Saved My Life. BenBella Books.