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

  • 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

  • January 22, 2014

    The record drought in California is not only likely to decrease the state’s agricultural yield and affect food prices, it could also wreak severe economic consequences for rural communities. To discuss the impact on farming and for consumers, Jeffrey Brown talks to Karen Ross of the California Department of Food and Agriculture. Continue reading

  • January 22, 2014

    A dry spell that has been building for three years has become a full-on emergency in California. Gov. Jerry Brown called it the worst drought on record and has asked everyone across the state to conserve water. Jeffrey Brown reports on the threats posed by the dry conditions. Continue reading