Tia Brewer-Footman resides in Charleston, SC, where she worked as an award winning journalist and television news anchor. Her community appeal and passion for her work helped to create one of the highest rated CBS-affiliated morning shows in the country. Her media experience spans across nearly 10 years in the industry as a former radio personality, reporter and television anchor for such affiliates as CBS, ABC and FOX.
Now in a different form of media, Tia and her husband Gerald Footman, are the founders, publishers and producers of hair etc. Magazine & Expo, an African American beauty & health publication and southeastern tradeshow and “Grace Multimedia,” a multicultural Christian living magazine and national gospel concert & events promotion company.
Tia is no stranger to the camera or the stage as she has made guest appearances on the CW’s (formerly WB) One Tree Hill, featured in Walt Disney Commercial Print Ads, a Steve Harvey national campaign ad and represented as a state finalist to the 2000 Miss Georgia USA Pageant as well as served as the 1998 Miss Savannah State University. Tia’s love for pageantry is what prompted her to also own and direct both the Mrs. South Carolina United States and the Miss Black Teen Charleston Pageant and create T-Time Girls, a non-profit etiquette and leadership development program for young ladies.
Aside from pageantry, television news and her magazine business, Tia is very involved in the community and has received numerous honors for her involvement. Tia was recognized by the Post & Courier‘s Newspaper as one of the Top Influential Women under the Age of 40; the Bethune Leonard Section of the National Council of Negro Women’s Young Innovators under 35 Award and was nominated to participate in the South Carolina Liberty Fellow Program. Not to mention, she has been placed in the National Registry of Who’s Who among Executives and Professionals. Also under her belt is a day named in her honor. Mayor Joe Riley proclaimed October 8, 2002 as “Tia Brewer Day” in the City of Charleston, South Carolina. Tia is the founder of the Live 5 News Golden Apple Award and recipient of the GA State Department of Education’s School Bell Media Award for Best News Series on School Violence.
Tia is honored to have interviewed and shared the stage with such greats as the late Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, General Colin Powell, Star Jones, Stedman Graham, Andrea Wiley (Steve Harvey Show, The Parkers & Fresh Prince of Bel Air sitcom producer), Bill Cosby, Susan Taylor, Venus Williams, Johnny Wright (First Lady Michelle Obama’s personal hairstylist), Russell Simmons, Ursula Stephens (Rihanna and Keisha Cole’s personal hairstylist), Malik Yoba, Eva Pigford (America’s Next Top Model), Star Jones and many, many more.
Her community work spans from serving as one of the first National Ambassadors to the
inaugural Power to End Stroke Campaign (American Stroke Association), Medical University of South Carolina’s Center for Community Health Partnerships Advisory Board, USC’s Health Disparities Research Network, Charleston’s Minority Business Development Advisory Board (appointed by Charleston Mayor Joseph Riley), Board of Directors for the North Charleston Housing Authority, Advisory Board Member to the Women’s & Children Shelter S.O.L.D. (appointed by North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey), former member of the Harbour Clubs’ Young Executive Council, Jr. League of Charleston, Charleston County Safe and Orderly Schools Advisory Board, YWCA Board of Directors, United Methodist Relief Center Board of Directors and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.
Also under her company brand, Footman-Brewer Enterprises, LLC (FBE), Tia’s business provides additional services to the community, both regionally and nationally. In fact, marketing consulting and special event coordination support has been provided to current and past businesses such as McDonald’s, Johnson Products, Soft-Sheen Carson (L’Oreal’s ethnic brand), American Heart Association (AHA), American Cancer Society (ACS), the National Association of Black Female Executives in Music and Entertainment (NABFEME), the BET Foundation, University of South Carolina’s Center for Cancer Research (USC-CCCR), etc.
In addition to helping other companies succeed, specially created FBE initiatives such as the Beauty Barber Network, formerly the Shop Talk Movement was founded. This evidenced-based initiative trains African American stylists and barbers on the latest in health and industry information in an effort to educate and save the lives of beauty industry professionals and their clients. The latest FBE created project is the McDonald’s Choir Showcase, an interactive faith-based musical program currently being held in key southeastern US markets.