Schmitt was just 8 years old when his dad died. His mother coped through rage and abuse, and from an early age Schmitt sought attention and love. His job in the media gave him both. So did drugs and alcohol. A reporter and columnist in Nashville for 26 years, Schmitt got fired from his television job at News 2 in 2010 after he got his second DUI. Now “Inside Nashville” columnist for The Tennessean, Schmitt shares other people's stories of tragedy and transformation. Here he shares his own.
From the event: Through Hell and Back: Stories of addiction and recovery
BRAD SCHMITT writes The Tennessean’s “Inside Nashville” column, which tells personal, powerful stories about Music City’s movers and shakers. Schmitt has been a reporter and columnist in Nashville since 1990. He wrote the popular celebrity news column “Brad About You” for The Tennessean from 1995 to 2006, and before that, Schmitt was the newspaper’s police reporter. Schmitt also served as entertainment reporter for WKRN-News 2 and a peer recovery coordinator for Nashville Prevention Partnership before returning to The Tennessean in October 2014.