Cecil Brown was a journalist from the 1930s until 1970 who, although he won all of broadcast journalism’s major awards, has been largely overlooked by media historians until now. After beginning his career as a freelance newspaper reporter, CBS hired Brown to become a member of the famous Edward R. Murrow European radio news team at the start of World War II. Brown reported from Italy, Yugoslavia, North Africa, Singapore and Australia, and survived the Japanese sinking of the British battleship Repulse. Upon returning to the U.S., Brown became a well-known radio commentator who eventually worked for all the major networks. Controversy followed him wherever he worked, as he made his living critiquing military and political issues of the day. Devoted to in-person research, overcoming censorship and employing intellectual analysis, Brown championed social justice and First Amendment freedom. A fellow scribe dubbed him a “crusader for truth.” Brown was often ahead of popular opinion when it came to speaking out about civil rights reform, Senator Joseph McCarthy’s demagoguery, President Dwight Eisenhower’s passivity, and student campus protests. His courage and integrity modeled how an independent journalist should behave. Cecil Brown was ACMCU Director Jonathan Brown’s great uncle.
This event is cosponsored with the Center for Jewish Civilization
Reed Smith is a professor in the Department of Communication Arts at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro. He has published numerous articles, two books and an award-winning monograph regarding various broadcast and journalism history topics. Smith holds BS and Ph.D. degrees from Ohio University, and an MA is from Bowling Green State University. Before entering academe, Smith worked in commercial and public radio. He continues to freelance as a narrator, audio and video producer. Smith recently completed twenty years as the Multimedia Communication academic coordinator at Georgia Southern, and is currently the book review editor for American Journalism: A Journal of Media History.
When: Wednesday, Feb. 14
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