Jeffrey Brown

Chief Correspondent for Arts, Culture, and Society

In a career spanning more than twenty years at the NewsHour, Jeffrey Brown has served in a variety of roles, both on and off camera. As senior correspondent, he's conducted studio discussions and reported from the field on a wide array of domestic and international stories, and now regularly co-anchors the nightly news program.

As arts correspondent, he's profiled and interviewed many of the world's leading writers, musicians and other artists. As senior producer for national affairs for more than a decade, he helped shape the program's coverage of a range of areas, including the economy, healthcare, social policy, culture and the arts. In addition, he is the creator and host of "Art Beat", the NewsHour's online arts and culture blog. His work as correspondent and producer has garnered an Emmy, five Cine Golden Eagle Awards, and other honors.

Prior to joining The NewsHour, Brown helped produce numerous public television series for Media & Society Seminars, an independent production company headed by Fred W. Friendly. He attended UC Berkeley (B.A., Classics), the UC Berkeley School of Law, and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism (M.S.).

Brown is married to Paula Crawford, an artist and professor at George Mason University. They have two children.

Jeffrey's Most Recent Stories

  • September 18, 2014

    Amboseli National Park in southern Kenya is a small success story in a much larger catastrophe. Rangers for the Big Life Foundation track elephants and rhinos, looking for signs of poachers and responding quickly to reports of danger, or worse, a killing. Continue reading

  • September 16, 2014

    Well, this is unusual: I am standing in the middle of a dozen or so elephants, one running his trunk up my chest toward my face, another giving me a bump in the rear end. One does not do this with adult elephants in the wild, but these are children, babies in some cases, age 3 months to 3 years, orphans who’ve been brought from all over Kenya to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Nairobi National Park. Continue reading

  • March 20, 2014

    Over breakfast with Maung Hla Thaung, a woodworker and designer, we talk about the political situation in Myanmar today and his work as a longtime opponent of the military regime. This is a man building furniture and, he hopes, political change. Continue reading

  • March 18, 2014

    In Myanmar, some scholars worry that Bagan — the former capital of a powerful kingdom in medieval times — will be turned into a kind of theme park. Or that it will be “loved to death,” as has been the fate of some other great archaeological sites. Those concerns are being raised as this country begins, however tentatively, to open up. Continue reading

  • March 17, 2014

    We are in Myanmar to report on a country opening up to the world, politically, economically, and culturally. A ruthless military dictatorship clamped down on all opposition, prohibited free expression, and kept the country closed off and shrouded in a North Korean-like secrecy for more than five decades. That has begun to change in the last five years or so, dramatically in the last two. It’s tentative, uncertain – and some people we talk with are quick to doubt how far it will go – but it can be seen even in little ways and even in the first days here. Continue reading