Woodrow Wilson Fellow in Residence
Senior Correspondent, PBS NewsHour
September 23 – 26, 2012
Public Address: “The Public Voice in a Divided America”
Younts Conference Center, Furman University
September 25, 2012 at 7 p.m.
Keenly aware of the media’s role in the polarization of America’s discourse, PBS NewsHour Co-anchor Jeffrey Brown gave a stimulating address evaluating the obstacles to finding common ground that we face. He explored how changes in technology and consumer behavior, the evolution of the media business, and the dividing of the news audience impact an informed citizenry.
During Mr. Brown’s three days on campus as a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, the entire Furman University community benefited. He spoke with deep credibility to a gamut of topics, including Washington politics, the upcoming presidential election, the state of public discourse in America, and the importance of media coverage of the arts. Whether at breakfast with faculty members, dinner with students from the Riley Institute Advance team, or lecturing to classes in many disciplines, Jeff was fully engaged and indefatigable.
Highlights of his visit to Furman
- Had breakfast with faculty in the Humanities Department to discuss the relationship between media and the arts
- Spoke to students in classes on American Government, twentieth century American writers, journalism, and mass communications
- Enjoyed stacks of pancakes at Stax with members of the Riley Institute Advance Team
- Shared dinner and conversation with students in Dr. Inabinet’s argumentation class
- Toured Falls Park on the Reedy, the Greenville Art Museum, and strolled along Main Street
About Jeffrey Brown
In a career spanning more than twenty years at the NewsHour, Jeffrey Brown has served in a variety of roles, both on and off camera. As senior correspondent, he’s conducted studio discussions and reported from the field on a wide array of domestic and international stories, and now regularly co-anchors the nightly news program.
As arts correspondent, he’s profiled and interviewed many of the world’s leading writers, musicians and other artists. As senior producer for national affairs for more than a decade, he helped shape the program’s coverage of a range of areas, including the economy, healthcare, social policy, culture and the arts. In addition, he is the creator and host of “Art Beat”, the NewsHour’s online arts and culture blog. His work as correspondent and producer has garnered an Emmy, five Cine Golden Eagle Awards, and other honors.