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 Aug 09How a ‘custody war’ broke out over a famous patient’s damaged brain
In the new book "Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets," Luke Dittrich tells the story of the man known to science for decades under that moniker. But Dittrich does something more, because the man who performed…
Arts Aug 04Svetlana Alexievich’s stories of life, longing and suffering under Soviet rule
"Secondhand Time" is the first book by Alexievich to appear in English since she was awarded the Nobel and it continues her series of works exploring the long sweep of Soviet culture and politics.
Arts Jul 06‘Do I look like a ‘shroom salesman?’ and other things overheard at a Dead show
One man walked directly up to me and asked if I had any mushrooms to sell him. I thought, "Really? Do I look like that guy?" The Grateful Dead's Fare Thee Well concert in Chicago was a scene -- a…
World Jun 15Reporting from Cuba, a place frozen in time yet full of potential
Deciding to go to Cuba was the easy part, for all the obvious reasons: the history, the politics, the culture, the place, the fact of it being — the cliché is true — so close and yet so far away.
Arts Jun 10Son of migrants, Juan Felipe Herrera to become first Latino U.S. Poet Laureate
He’s the son of migrant workers and today Juan Felipe Herrera becomes the next U.S. Poet Laureate, the first Latino to hold the position. Arts correspondent Jeffrey Brown met Herrera at the place where it all started.
Arts Feb 20Reporter’s Notebook: the difficulty of getting to Timbuktu
For these trips, these stories, we calibrate the details so finely – the days away, the money spent, the interviews to be done, the shots we have to get, the places we have to get to. Take out one thing…
Poetry Feb 02Poet W. S. Merwin recites ‘Rain Light’ among the lush palms at his Maui home
W. S. Merwin reads his poem "Rain Light" from his home in Hawaii.
Arts Jan 30‘Isn’t that Keanu Reeves?’ and other phrases overheard at Sundance
Despite the hoopla and the frenzied celebrity sightings, Sundance is still about the films. But what happens to all these movies after Sundance?…
Arts Jan 26That time I ended up in a womb with a baby and other virtual reality ‘immersions’
This was in the New Frontier exhibition that’s showcasing a new world of virtual reality technology and its use in filmmaking. There was plenty of video game-like ‘immersion,’ Filmmakers are beginning to think through how to tell a complex story…
Arts Jan 23Reporter’s Notebook: Back at Sundance
Chief arts correspondent Jeffrey Brown returns to Sundance to report on several stories for the NewsHour on the state of independent filmmaking.