Brian Shawn is an On-Air Announcer and Storyteller for Midco Sports. He was honored as North Dakota Sportscaster of the Year in 2021 and won an Emmy Award for Sports Storytelling in 2019. After ten years as the play-by-play voice for North Dakota State University football and basketball, Shawn was named to the same position at the University of North Dakota in 2021, his alma mater. He’s in his third year broadcasting Fighting Hawks athletics.
Originally from Bloomington, Minnesota, Shawn graduated from John F. Kennedy Senior High School in 1997 and went on to UND to finish his undergraduate degree in Communications in 2002. He started his career at KXMB-TV (CBS) in Bismarck, then moving to KVLY-TV (NBC) in Fargo in 2005 as a Weekend Sports Anchor/Reporter. He left TV full-time in 2010 joining the staff at Minnesota School of Business/Globe University as Communications and Community Relations Coordinator. A couple of years later, he was hired at the American Red Cross as Regional Communications Officer for the Dakotas Region, while also getting a chance to serve on the National Advanced Public Affairs Team. He went on multiple national disaster deployments across the country as a spokesperson and social media lead. Brian returned to sports broadcasting again fulltime in 2016 joining Midco Sports where he’s had a chance to broadcast a number of live sporting events.
In addition to joining the board at Homeward Animal Shelter, Shawn also was named to the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo Chamber Board of Directors in 2023 and holds the position as Honorary Brigade Commander for the 141 Maneuver Enhancement Brigade of the North Dakota National Guard.
Shawn, his wife Jessica and daughter Amelia have adopted shelter dogs over the years, including a yellow lab, Max, in 2018 who resides with them in their home in Fargo.