As a news anchor and talk show host, Brian Wilkes became nationally known for his coverage of the space program and of celebrities. He later became known for his work to teach and preserve the Cherokee language and culture, including the complex and symbolic traditional Calendar. As a business and personal consultant/coach he has leveraged his media experience to develop an international clientele. His humanitarian work has brought awards including six knighthoods. Wilkes currently resides in southern Illinois, where his writing topics include home business, Native American culture, and complementary healing.