Brian joined the US Chess Communications Department in September 2020, though he had been a familiar name as a freelancer for Chess Life and CLO as far back as 2013. Based in St. Louis, the Mizzou journalist has covered several U.S. Championships, U.S. Junior and Sinquefield Cup tournaments, and he also penned a weekly chess column for St. Louis-NPR for several years. He later served as the communications specialist for the St. Louis Chess Club, leading the media arm for the international center and its high-profile events. Beyond writing, Brian’s other chess passion is seeing the game in education, as he also teaches chess for gifted classes, organizes social clubs and coaches competitive teams in several St. Louis schools and parishes. Outside of chess, Brian enjoys coaching youth soccer, playing ultimate frisbee and spending time with his wife and four kids.