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Aaron Brown    

Veteran Anchor and Journalist

There are very few stories in our lifetime that Aaron Brown has not covered. Beginning with the Vietnam protests and Watergate in the 1970s to the beginning of the Iraq war he has, quite literally, been there. But it is likely that he is best remembered for one story—the attack of 9/11. On his first day of work at CNN, he was on the air a half-hour after the first attack, broadcasting from a rooftop in lower Manhattan. Brown’s coverage has been called courageous, calming and insightful.

Before he arrived at CNN, Brown was the anchor of ABC’s World News Tonight Saturday and reported for World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, Nightline and other ABC news broadcasts. He was the founding anchor of ABC’s World News Now. Brown played a lead role in covering many news stories, including the British return of Hong Kong to the Chinese government, the Columbine High School shootings, the trial of O.J. Simpson and Nelson Mandela’s historic election as president of South Africa. He also reported on the restoration of Jean-Bertrand Aristide to the head of Haiti’s government, the death of Princess Diana, the trial of Susan Smith in Union, S.C. and the California earthquake in 1994. Additionally, Brown spent a year reporting and covering the tobacco industry. As an essayist for ABC News, Brown covered subjects ranging from the impeachment of President Bill Clinton to the life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

Brown has garnered numerous awards including three Emmy awards, a duPont-Columbia Award, a New York Film Festival World Medal and an Edward R. Murrow Award for his coverage of 9/11.

Brown is the first Walter Cronkite Professor of Journalism at Arizona State University in Tempe.


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A View of World Events Today

Drawing on more than 25 years of journalism experience, Aaron Brown enlightens audiences with an up-close look at current world events and the most pressing issues of the day. Whether looking at the Middle East peace process abroad or event's in the nation's capital, Brown dissects current events and helps audiences understand what it all means for them.

Politics and the Media

Political culture today necessitates the quick soundbyte and "staying on message," as today's politicians shape their comments to meet the demands of the media. Yet the larger political issues and implications do not get as much coverage, as political parties and the media work to create the impression that the country is more polarized than it actually is. Aaron Brown discusses the implications of that perception and who really benefits from the idea of polarization? And why is it in the interest of both parties and televised political coverage to maintain that perception?

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