Brett Brooks, M.A, Miss Illinois Earth USA 2019, is a TV Reporter at WEEK-TV. She studied Broadcast News at Eastern Illinois University, where she received numerous merit-based scholarships. She is an alumni of the Public Affairs Reporting Program where she earned her Master’s Degree from the University of Illinois in Springfield and worked for National Public Radio.
With over a decade of competing in beauty pageants, she is a 4x Miss Illinois titleholder, representing the Prairie State at national pageants including the 50th Anniversary of Miss Black America, Miss Earth USA, Miss Black USA and more recently Miss North America. As Miss Black Illinois USA 2016, she passed an Illinois House Resolution to create Ovarian Cyst Awareness Week during the second week in September, which is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.
She worked as a producer in Decatur and the Dayside Reporter in Rockford, Illinois. In 2016, she became the youngest college professor in the state when she began teaching communication courses at Richland Community College in Decatur.
Born on the Southside of Chicago, she attended Glenbard North High School. It’s there she developed a passion for leadership. She was elected Class President during all four years and inducted into the Theatre Honor Society. As an avid competitor, she qualified for the Illinois High School Association Girls State Track Meet for the 200 meters, 4×200 and 4×100 meter relay.
With over a decade in resturant management, Jessica joined the Bee Squared, LLC team in 2020. She has served as the Executive Assistant State Director for the Miss Illinois Earth USA pageant since it’s inaugural year.