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 03‘Eighth Grade’ captures our need to connect
Following a week in the life of a middle schooler, the new film "Eighth Grade" sets the familiar fumblings of adolescence against the constant glare of a glowing screen or Snapchat filter. Jeffrey Brown takes a look at why it’s…
Nation Aug 01Unearthing Sally Hemings’ legacy at Monticello
Visitors have long come to Monticello to see and admire Thomas Jefferson's mansion, but a new silhouette and exhibition bring a largely hidden life into the open. No portrait exists of Sally Hemings, an enslaved woman who had a decades-long…
Arts Jul 27The wisdom of hip-hop gets respect in a new museum exhibit
At the Oakland Museum of California, a new exhibit traces decades of history of hip-hop, an industry and culture that's both mainstream and underground, global but rooted in the local. Jeffrey Brown reports.
Arts Jul 26‘Writing out of a loneliness,’ novelist explores the range of native experiences
Tommy Orange's acclaimed debut novel "There There" explores through a dozen characters what it means to be Native American in an urban setting. Jeffrey Brown reports.
Arts Jul 23This new and ‘old’ artist offers a self-portrait in starting over
At 64, Princeton University professor Nell Irvin Painter became a painter. Moving away from the confines of historical research to embrace the freedoms of visual art, Painter confronts her own internal struggles in a new book, "Old in Art School:…
World Jul 18Nelson Mandela’s prison letters reveal his unwavering vision
This week marks 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela, who led a struggle against apartheid and brought his country to a new democratic future, while setting a political and moral example recognized around the globe. Now a new…
Arts Jul 16Inside Robin Williams’ lightning mind and creative soul
Madcap, frenetic, lightning fast: On stage, Robin Williams was seemingly impossible to contain. But a new documentary, "Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind," tries to pin down the man whose public persona was often quite different from the private life.
Arts Jul 13Lost recordings uncover John Coltrane’s timeless talent
The lost recordings of jazz titan John Coltrane have been rediscovered and shared with the world. Jeffrey Brown visits the jazz great’s recording studio where the mystery began to take a listen to "Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album,"…
Nation Jul 06Dave Chappelle on comedy in the #MeToo moment: ‘We’re all figuring this out’
Dave Chappelle doesn't think audiences "want to pay to see somebody worried about the repercussions of what they say." A comedian who made a name for himself as one of the smartest and sharpest comedians around, Chappelle's latest comedy sets…
World Jun 26Can Easter Island’s treasures withstand storms of climate change?
Spectacular giant statues evoke history and mystery on Easter Island, a place that has symbolized what humans can achieve and then destroy. Now everywhere you look on the island, home to about 6,000 residents, there are signs of coastal erosion…