Brett Shipp, Channel 8's longtime investigative and political reporter, quit the station Tuesday to run for congress, the station announced. Shipp, who's been with WFAA-TV for 22 years, is joining the already crowded Democratic primary field in Texas U.S. House District 32, the seat occupied by Republican Pete Sessions.
“We are grateful for the many contributions Brett has made to WFAA and the field of journalism,” said Carolyn Mungo, WFAA's executive news director, in a statement.
Shipp, a graduate of Highland Park High School and Stephen F. Austin State University, will host a press conference Thursday to officially announce his candidacy. When he does, he'll join Ed Meier, an adviser to Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign, and two Obama appointees, Colin Allred and Lillian Salerno, in the race for the Democratic nomination.
During his time at WFAA, Shipp, 59, won multiple broadcast journalism awards, including three Peabody Awards, two duPont Silver Batons and a duPont Gold Baton. He also got into an infamous confrontation with John Wiley Price in 2011, during which the county commissioner threatened to "split [Shipp's] throat," according to Shipp.
Also worth noting: Shipp added a "Shipp for Congress" banner to his Twitter page Wednesday and made his tweets private.
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