Willis’ early career sent him from Missouri (KOMU) to Mississippi (WLOX) to South Carolina (WYFF) covering crime, politics, and their never-tenuous intersection. He covered one of the first notable school shootings and the decades-late conviction of Ku Klux Klansman Samuel Bowers. He reported from the South Carolina State Capitol building as the Confederate Flag was lowered from its dome for the last time. Willis also created series of reports that held politicians accountable for the truthfulness in their advertising, a formula that has been oft repeated in the years since. That series won the National Headliner Award Best of Show. Willis’ investigative reporting received several awards from the Associated Press, Southeast Regional Emmy Awards, South Carolina Broadcasters Association, and the National Headliner Awards.
In 2005, Willis stumbled into in an opportunity to travel the world and write about the burgeoning tournament poker phenomenon (the story on how that happened is on the About Rapid Eye Reality page). Since then he has traveled extensively and built a network of a dozen blogs to cover tournaments from Las Vegas to Monte Carlo to Macau.
Willis lives in his adopted hometown of Greenville, South Carolina with his wife, two sons, and two goofy dogs. He spends his little spare time playing and enjoying live music, cooking, and hiking in the Carolina mountains.