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
Health May 08‘I am old enough to die’: Barbara Ehrenreich questions our longevity obsession
When is a medical procedure or preventative screening counterproductive? How much time should we spend in the gym or fixating on the latest diet? The new book “Natural Causes” calls into question a number of seeming certainties of modern life…
Arts May 04In ‘RBG,’ Ruth Bader Ginsburg looks back on a life spent working for equality
The documentary "RBG" is a look at perhaps the most unlikely rock star Washington has ever seen: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Tracing her roots, education and career, it's her early and continuing fight for gender equality that winds…
Nation Apr 27A national memorial confronts the terror of lynching
A new memorial in Montgomery, Alabama, looks to confront one of this country’s greatest shames: its brutal history of racial terror and the systematic lynching of thousands of African Americans. Jeffrey Brown reports.
Arts Apr 20This poet’s guide dog helped him discover a new world
Born with a condition that left him legally blind and in a family that kept his disability hidden, it wasn’t until poet and professor Stephen Kuusisto was in his late 30s that he decided to train with a guide dog.
Arts Apr 17Can this rural town go from a youth exodus to an art epicenter?
What kind of future should a struggling rural town choose? In the town of Green River, population 950, a nonprofit called Epicenter aims to use art and architecture to bring new energy, life and economic development. Jeffrey Brown reports.
Arts Apr 13David Hockney thinks you should take a longer look at life
It's a kind of album of family and friends, but the pictures are large paintings at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. For a new exhibit called "82 Portraits and One Still Life," renowned artist David Hockney tried to…
Science Mar 23High-tech imaging lets anyone dive into a Bermuda shipwreck
The island of Bermuda has a rich history of shipwrecks dating back centuries. But instead of diving underwater to explore the cultural treasure, there's a non-invasive yet still immersive solution for observing the past: 3D models and videos that allow…
Arts Mar 22Bermuda battles to save the cultural treasure of shipwrecks
Shipwrecks have defined Bermuda from its earliest days, even acting as an essential economic driver. Thousands of artifacts have been left behind, providing clues about life and trade of the time. Now the wrecks are getting a new life in…
Nation Feb 09As coal jobs left, this Appalachian arts and culture institution gave residents reasons to stay
The Appalachian Film Workshop was started in Kentucky in the 1960s to foster new technical skills and give people a way to tell their own stories of their home. Now known simply as Appalshop, their mission has extended far beyond…
Arts Jan 31Jesmyn Ward answers your questions about ‘Sing, Unburied, Sing’
Award-winning writer Jesmyn Ward joins Jeffrey Brown to answer readers’ questions about her novel “Sing, Unburied, Sing,” the first selection in the Now Read This book club, plus we announce what we’ll be reading for next month.