Brian Mains


Entertainment Reporter

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Position: Entertainment Reporter

When did you start working here? December 2012

Where else have you worked? Reporter for the Community Recorder/Press, 2004-2006; Community Editor for Community Recorder/Press, 2006-2012; Assistant Online Producer at the Cincinnati Enquirer, 2012-2013.

Where did you go to college? Western Kentucky University, BA in Journalism (1999); Oklahoma State University, MA in Literature and Film Studies (N/A).

What are you most proud of when it comes to your work? I am most proud of the daily work that allows me to inform, entertain, and every once in a while, affect positive change in the lives of others.

What are you most proud of in your own life? I am most proud of my family, having finished a few marathons, and getting to see the excellent work my colleagues produce at WCPO.

What do you love about living in the Tri-State? I love the region's growing food, movie and entertainment scenes, along with all of its runner-friendly neighborhoods.

What are your favorite local hangouts/places, sports & cultural institutions? For drinks: MadTree Brewing taproom in Oakley; Streetside Brewing in the East End; Urban Stead in Evanston; Rhinegeist and Sundry & Vice in Over-the-Rhine; The Phelps' rooftop lounge Downtown; Fifty West Production Works in Columbia Township; Braxton Brewing in Covington; and Darkness Brewing in Bellevue. For food: Sartre in Over-the-Rhine; Lisse Dutch Steakhaus, Coppin's and Agave & Rye in Covington; Sleepy Bee Cafe in Oakley; and Maplewood Downtown. Culture: Cincinnati Museum Center in Queensgate; CAC Downtown; Taft Museum of Art; and the Cincinnati Art Museum. I also like running the trails surrounding Lunken Airport and through the neighborhoods of Oakley, Hyde Park, Mount Lookout and Linwood.

All time favorites?

TV: "Walking Dead," "Mad Men," "Parks and Recreation," "Breaking Bad," "Battlestar Galactica," "M.A.S.H.," "Freaks and Geeks," "True Detective (Season One only)," "Justified" and "Stranger Things."

Movies: The Searchers, High Noon, To Kill a Mocking Bird, Star Wars, Double Indemnity, Casablanca, Chinatown, ET, Hard Boiled.

Books: To Kill a Mocking Bird, Life of Pi, The Amazing Adventures of Kavelier and Clay, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Given Day, The Dog of the South, The Book Thief and The Big Sleep.

Bands: The National, REM, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Wilco, Eels, Beck, Jack White, Jay Z, Johnny Cash and Black Keys.

Apps you can't live without? Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Spotify, Strava, Garmin Connect, Washington Post, New York Times and WCPO.


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