Brian Entin: Internet thrilled as NewsNation reporter who covered Gabby Petito case lands in Idaho

Brian Entin: Internet thrilled as NewsNation reporter who covered Gabby Petito case lands in Idaho
Brian Entin (inset), who covered the Gabby Petito (L) case last year, is heading to Idaho to probe the student murders (YouTube/NewsNation, Instagram)

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MOSCOW, IDAHO: Internet sleuths were thrilled after Brian Entin -- a lesser-known journalist who shot to prominence after breaking the Gabby Petito story -- announced that he was heading to Idaho to cover the mysterious murders of four students in a house near the University of Idaho.

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Authorities are working tirelessly to solve the murders of Ethan Chapin, 20, Xana Kernodle, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, who were found stabbed to death on November 13 on the second and third floors of an off-campus residence in Moscow, Idaho. The quadruple homicide is believed to have been committed using a 'Rambo'-style knife as the students were asleep. Their roommates, Dylan Mortensen and Bethany Funke, were reportedly in the house at the time of the slayings but were unharmed. They reportedly woke up hours later and called 911 after discovering the bodies. Idaho police confirmed that Mortensen and Funke are not considered suspects.

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While the investigation continues, web sleuths are hard at work doing their bit to help the authorities. There haven't been any major breakthroughs in the case at this time, and so netizens were thrilled when Entin revealed he was heading to Idaho to cover the grisly story. "Heading to Idaho on Sunday to cover the college students murdered for @NewsNation," the journalist tweeted on Friday, November 25. "Going to host a Twitter Spaces here tomorrow (Sat) at 4pmET with @CoffindafferFBI and @producerpaige_ to catch up on all details. We can take questions live — or leave them in the comments here."

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The announcement was received with applause online, especially from those who were familiar with Entin's coverage of the Petito-Laundrie case last year. "I have been wondering when you might head that way," one responded. "FINALLY! get over there! the world needs you!" another gushed. "Finally, someone who’ll ask real questions at the press conferences," someone else added. "Thank you so much, Brian! The work you do makes such a difference. These families and the community deserve answers. things like this don't happen in Moscow..." a comment read. "Now we can get some real concrete answers on the facts instead of the vague reports so far. Thanks, @BrianEntin #idahostudents," another chimed in.

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As mentioned, Entin hosted Twitter Space on Saturday, November 26, to discuss the case and subsequently posted a link to access the same.

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Gabby Petito, 22, a travel vlogger, was found strangled to death in September 2021 in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Her fiance Brian Laundrie, 23, admitted to killing her in August the same year and called it a "merciful murder" in a journal found alongside his skeletal remains in the Carlton Reserve in North Port on October 20, 2021.

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After Petito was reported missing, Entin and his cameraman packed their overnight bags and drove to the city of North Port, where Petito once lived with Laundrie and his family. While Entin expected to stay for a couple of days, he ended up spending the next seven weeks focused on the developing story -- the majority of it camped on the lawn of a private home neighboring that of Laundrie's parents Chris and Roberta Laundrie.  

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“We had no idea we would end up staying there for so long,” Entin later told The Independent. The talented reporter used his journalistic nous and ability to build trust with key contacts, and quickly became the public's go-to source for information on the ground in Florida. He gained a legion of fans in the process, with many lauding the authoritative and up-to-the-second information which he readily shared on Twitter. “There was such a hunger for information in real-time it became a challenge,” he continued, “because there wasn’t always confirmed information to give. I didn’t want to go down any of those rabbit holes where you tell people what you think is happening. My approach was the same as in other cases, just tweet out information as fast as possible, but make sure it was totally accurate. Stick to the facts.”

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Entin is currently employed with NewsNation. He previously worked as an investigative reporter for WSVN Miami, before which he was a reporter with WPTV West Palm Beach, Florida; WTOC Savannah, Georgia; and KTVO Kirksville, Missouri. “It’s important for me to continue to cover stories to which other media are not paying close attention and offer viewers a perspective they won’t get from other news outlets,” Entin told Next TV. “I want to provide a raw, on-the-ground experience for the viewers.”

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