PBS 'NewsHour' senior correspondent visits Bates to discuss his work

Jeffrey Brown, a senior correspondent for PBS’s NewsHour, discusses his work and the state of the media in a Bates College presentation at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, in Chase Hall Lounge, 56 Campus Ave.

This College Lectures Committee event is open to the public at no cost.

Named a senior correspondent for The NewsHour in 2005, Brown specializes in culture, arts and the media, and contributes stories in other areas including religion and science. In a talk titled “The Public Voice: Speaking to and of the Culture,” Brown will tell his Bates audience about his experiences covering the arts, the current state of the media and issues around “the public voice” in American society.

Brown joined The NewsHour in 1988. As senior producer for national affairs, he helped shape the program’s coverage in a wide range of areas including the economy, healthcare, social policy, culture and the arts.

He became a correspondent in 1998, and since then has profiled such leading cultural figures as authors Philip Roth and John Updike, musicians Nancy Wilson and Youssou N’Dour, choreographer Mark Morris, photographer Richard Avedon, and actors Kevin Kline and George Clooney.

Brown’s work as a producer and correspondent has garnered him an Emmy Award, four Cine Golden Eagles and a variety of other honors.

Prior to joining The NewsHour, Brown was a producer and writer for the Columbia University Seminars on Media & Society, an independent television production headed by Fred W. Friendly. He produced programs for public television on a wide variety of subjects, including foreign policy, ethics and the Constitution.

Brown has an undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a master’s degree from Columbia University. He lives in Arlington, Va., with his wife, Paula Crawford, an artist and professor of art at George Mason University. They have two children.

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