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Jeffrey Brown is the chief correspondent for arts, culture and society at 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.
What happens to an artist when one of the very tools he uses -- his hands -- are changed in an instant? Jeffrey Brown visited a sculptor in New York's Hudson Valley, who has had to pivot on how he…
The Planet Word Museum in Washington, D.C., which aims to bring language to life, recently opened a new exhibit focused on wordplay. Jeffrey Brown takes a look at the many ways words make the world go round. It’s part of…
A reworking of Shakespeare "Hamlet" called "Fat Ham” recently won the Pulitzer Prize in drama. Jeffrey Brown has the story from New York for our arts and culture series, "CANVAS."…
Maya Lin is known for her memorials, architecture, and her art. A new project adds a very personal side to her story and of millions of other Asian Americans. As the Museum of Chinese in America seeks to expand its…
The biggest international prize in architecture will be awarded Friday in London to an architect known for his work on buildings that address social needs, particularly in African countries. This year’s prize also made history, as Francis Kéré became the…
After hitting near historic lows pre-pandemic, crime has been spiking in many parts of the U.S., including in the nation's most populous city. Shootings in New York City have more than doubled this year compared to the same time period…
MerleFest has been a mainstay on the music circuit since 1988. People flock to the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina each year to celebrate music of the Appalachian region, which has helped the local economy. Jeffrey…
In 2021, more than 1,500 children and teenagers in the United States were killed by gunfire. Activists across the country are working to shed light on that issue through a series of plays written and performed by young adults, many…
Multi-talented musician Jon Batiste received the most nominations of any artist at the recent Grammys, capturing a total of 11 in all in a wide variety of categories. He also came away with the most wins, including the biggest, "Album…
Imagine a beautiful cube in which you can store all your memories, allowing access to them whenever you want. But there is a tradeoff. Others can access it, or, in a sense, you. Jennifer Egan has dreamed up this nonexistent…
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