Jeffrey Brown is a senior correspondent and chief arts correspondent for the PBS NewsHour.
In his 30-year career with the NewsHour, Brown has served as co-anchor, studio moderator, and field reporter on a wide range of national and international issues, with work taking him around the country and to many parts of the globe. As arts correspondent he has profiled many of the world's leading writers, musicians, actors and other artists. Recently, Brown presented a multi-year series, "Culture at Risk," about threatened cultural heritage in the United States and abroad. He created and hosts the NewsHour's online "Art Beat" and also hosts the monthly book club, "Now Read This," a collaboration with The New York Times.
Brown is author of a collection of poetry, titled "The News" and serves as an advisor to the Sun Valley Writers Conference. His numerous honors include a News & Documentary Emmy Award and multiple CINE Golden Eagle Awards. He earned a bachelor's degree in classics from the University of California, Berkeley, a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, an honorary degree (D.H.L) from Wesley College, and attended the UC Berkeley School of Law.
Jeffrey’s Recent Stories
Arts Jan 17How a revitalized recording studio is bringing Georgia’s Macon into the spotlight
Many a masterpiece has been recorded at Capricorn Sound Studios in Macon, Georgia. Otis Redding’s manager, Phil Walden, co-founded the label, and Capricorn went on to produce a decade of southern rock hits. But as the music industry changed, Capricorn…
Arts Jan 10How France is leveraging a lottery to finance historic preservation
From the Eiffel Tower to the Palace of Versailles, France is famous for iconic monuments and other structures. But the country also faces a large and growing challenge with protecting and preserving its lesser-known historic sites, many of which have…
Arts Jan 06This Paris program helps refugees tell their stories through art
For years, refugees from the Middle East and Africa have sought shelter in Europe, igniting debates there about immigration, asylum and changing culture. But one Paris program has been using the lens of art to help some of these refugees…
Arts Dec 30‘Circe’ author Madeline Miller answers your questions
Madeline Miller, author of our December pick for the NewsHour-New York Times book club, Now Read This, joins Jeffrey Brown to answer reader questions on “Circe,” and Jeff announces the January book selection.
Arts Dec 27New film ‘The Two Popes’ explores Catholic ideology’s ‘gray areas’
When Pope Benedict resigned in 2013, it was the first papal resignation since 1415 -- nearly 600 years. At the time, his successor, Pope Francis, was perceived as essentially Benedict’s opposite. But in a new film, “The Two Popes,” director…
Arts Dec 26Author Sarah Broom on ‘The Yellow House’ and putting New Orleans East on the map
Sarah Broom’s 2019 memoir, “The Yellow House,” won the National Book Award for non-fiction. Jeffrey Brown sits down with Broom to discuss her mother and how an obsession with houses passed down two generations to the author herself, why Broom…
World Dec 25Author Laila Lalami’s new book explores the experience of being an outsider
Arts Dec 16Firearms museum takes aim at understanding history, culture of guns
Wyoming is the least populous state in the U.S. but ranks near the top in per capita gun ownership. It’s also home to the nation's most comprehensive collection of historical firearms. Jeffrey Brown reports from Cody, where a renovated firearms…
Arts Dec 10We read these 29 books in 2019. You should too
As the year draws to a close, PBS NewsHour staff members suggest some of the books that made them slow down and enjoy reading this year.
Arts Dec 06How van Gogh became van Gogh: Rare show presents artist alongside those who inspired him
An exhibit at South Carolina's Columbia Museum of Art shows Vincent van Gogh in a new light. “Van Gogh and His Inspirations” presents the younger, wayward artist who learned from looking hard at the world -- and the work of…