Brad Willis (also known as Bhava Ram) (born August 27, 1949) is a former NBC News foreign correspondent, author, musician and teacher. As a journalist, Willis was the recipient of the Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award for his work from inside Afghanistan during the Soviet Occupation in 1986. Since retiring from journalism due to a broken back and failed surgery, Willis has focused on Vedic wisdom, teaching and writing about ayurveda and yoga.
Willis was born in Los Angeles, California, the youngest of three children. As a teenager coming of age in the 1960s, he was actively involved in the national protest movement against the Vietnam War. From 1969-73, he attended Humboldt State University in Arcata, California, earning a degree in English Literature and a Secondary Teaching Credential. Forsaking a planned career in academia, he left graduate school and joined KVIQ as a news reporter. Within two years, Willis was the news director, anchor and investigative reporter for KVIQ.
In 1976, he was recruited by KCRA-TV in Sacramento, California. After a brief stint as executive producer of KCRA's prime time news magazine show, Weeknight, he became an award winning investigative reporter for the news division.
In 1984 he was hired by WFAA-TV, Dallas, Texas and continued as an investigative journalist. During this time, he produced major investigative reports on corruption involving national politics and corporate business. His reports from Venezuela on a Texas oil executive wrongly imprisoned in an international oil scandal led to eventual freedom for the American.
In 1986 Willis moved to WBZ-TV in Boston, Massachusetts, and continued his career as an investigative journalist. He launched WBZ's first foray into global news coverage with reports from Afghanistan during the Soviet occupation. His documentary covering his time with the mujahideen and in the massive refugee camps along the Afghan/Pakistani border earned him the Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award. On vacation afterwards, he fell from a ledge battening down storm windows in the tropics and fractured his lower spine. Despite constant pain, he continued working for seven more years. Willis subsequently reported on the struggle against apartheid in Africa from Botswana, Zambia and Zaire, the drug wars in Colombia, Bolivia and Peru, the reopening of US/Vietnamese relations in Hanoi with Senators John Kerry and John McCain, and efforts to help the indigenous people of the Guatemalan highlands. In 1987, he was given the Gabriel Award for broadcast excellence with a positive and creative treatment of concerns to mankind for his work in Guatemala.
In 1989 Willis began a career with NBC News as a foreign correspondent posted to the Miami Bureau and covering Latin and South America. His major areas of focus included El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, Cuba and Colombia.
In 1990 Willis was dispatched to the Middle East to cover the Persian Gulf War for NBC. He was on the front lines of Operation Desert Storm and Operation Provide Comfort. As the network Pool Reporter for the First Marines, he covered the Battle of Khafji and the liberation of Kuwait, reporting live from Kuwait City with NBC New anchor Tom Brokaw. Willis then moved into northern Iraq to cover the Kurdish refugee crisis.
In 1992, Willis was posted to Hong Kong as the NBC correspondent for covering Asia. He reported from China, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan and the Philippines.
In 1993, Willis suffered a severe break in his lower back from the injury seven years earlier. A fusion-laminectomy operation failed, left him deeply disabled and ended his career with NBC News. Several years later, Willis was diagnosed with oropharyngeal cancer and given little chance of surviving the disease.
Willis then stopped years of heavy medications and turned to the Vedas as an alternative to the Western medicine that was apparently failing him. He claims that two years of intense meditation, pranayama, fasting, veganism, Shatkarma purifications and yoga postures affected a cure of his cancer and back problems.
In 2004, Willis took on the spiritual name Bhava Ram, and under this name has produced several books on Yoga and Ayurveda, plus CDs of yoga instruction and original music. He and his wife ran a yoga training and healing arts school called "Deep Yoga," based in San Diego. His memoir,  Warrior Pose-How Yoga Literally Saved My Life, was published in May 2013.
As Bhava Ram, Willis holds certification in Ayurveda from the Kerala Ayurveda Academy and is certified as an Advanced Yoga and Ayurveda Educator through the American Institute of Vedic Studies. Ram leads trainings and retreats in the U.S. and internationally, plus lectures and provides keynote speeches to medical schools, executive groups, and holistic health practitioners.
- Ram, Bhava (2008). Deep Yoga: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times. Lotus Press. ISBN 978-1-60402-981-9.
- Ram, Bhava (2009). The Eight Limbs of Yoga: Pathway to Liberation. Lotus Press. ISBN 978-1-60725-907-7.
- Willis, Brad (2013). Warrior Pose: How Yoga Literally Saved My Life. BenBella Books. ISBN 978-1937856694.
- Ram, Bhava. "Karma Yoga On Ma Ganga". LA Yoga. Retrieved 7 November 2011.
- Ram, Bhava (April 2007). "Honoring the Divine Mother". Vision Magazine.
- Ram, Bhava (October 2007). "Alchemy of Mind". Vision Magazine.
- Flowing with Shiva
- Yoga Nidra (with Laura Plumb)
- Gratitude Yoga Practice
- "All duPont-Columbia Award Winners". Columbia University School of Journalism. Archived from the original on 22 February 2012. Retrieved 7 November 2011.
- Kahn, Joseph P. (16 May 1989). "Ch. 4's Willis interviews Cerezo during Guatemala coup attempt". The Boston Globe. Archived from the original on 7 April 2016.
- NBClearn: Kuwaitis Struggle With Loss at End of Gulf War
- Brokaw, Tom; Willis, Brad (20 February 1991). "They See By Night: Iraqis Have Night Vision Equipment, Too". NBC Nightly News. NBC Universal. Retrieved 7 November 2011.
- Tomasko, Felicia M. (November 2007). "Bhava Ram & Laura Plumb: Oceanside Alchemists". LA Yoga. 6 (9).