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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Journalist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Snickerdoodle Cookies, Oatmeal Cookies
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Chicago, Illinois
Favorite Quote:
Treat Others As You Want To Be Treated

Birthplace

Born:
10/30/1952
Birth Location:
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Journalist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Snickerdoodle Cookies, Oatmeal Cookies
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Chicago, Illinois
Favorite Quote:
Treat Others As You Want To Be Treated

Birthplace

Born:
10/30/1952
Birth Location:
Pittsburgh
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Biography

Journalist Geoffrey (Geoff) Franklin Brown was born on October 30, 1952, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to George F. and Helen V. Brown. Brown attended the Episcopal Cathedral School in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and graduated from Greensburg-Salem (Pennsylvania) High School in 1970. He went on to receive his B.A. degree in English literature from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, in 1974.

Upon graduation, Brown returned to Pennsylvania where he was hired as a general assignment reporter for the Pittsburgh Press. He worked at the Pittsburgh Press from 1974 to 1975, and again from 1977 to 1978. He also had two stints at Jet magazine, from 1975 to 1977 and 1978 to 1980, where he held various positions, including entertainment writer, copy editor, co-managing editor and features editor. He was then hired by the Chicago Tribune in 1980 as a copy editor. Brown went on to serve as the Tribune’s national/foreign news editor, north suburban bureau chief, and entertainment editor. In 1998, he was promoted to associate managing editor for entertainment; in 2000, he became associate managing editor for lifestyle/features. In 2009, Brown returned to duty as the Chicago Tribune’s associate managing editor for entertainment, where he supervised the daily Arts & Entertainment, Dining, Movies and On The Town sections, plus the daily and Sunday Comics pages, and related online content. In April of 2015, Brown was named the Tribune’s operations and development editor.

Brown received the Chicago Tribune’s Jones-Beck Award for Outstanding Professional Performance in 1988, and was awarded a fellowship at Maynard’s Institute of Journalism Education in 1989. He was also honored by Chicago’s Bridge to Work program, a South Side welfare-to-work program that emphasized preparing people for getting a job as well as navigating the workplace.

Geoff Brown was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 25, 2014.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Geoff Brown lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Geoff Brown describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Geoff Brown describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Geoff Brown talks about his parents' education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Geoff Brown describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after the most
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Geoff Brown lists his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Geoff Brown describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Geoff Brown remembers moving frequently for his father's career in journalism
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Geoff Brown describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Geoff Brown remembers moving from Puerto Rico to the mainland Unites States
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Geoff Brown talks about his father's career as a journalist, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Geoff Brown talks about his father's experiences of workplace discrimination
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Geoff Brown talks about his father's career as a journalist, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Geoff Brown talks about his early interest in journalism
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Geoff Brown remembers moving to Greensburg, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Geoff Brown describes his experiences at Greensburg Salem High School in Greensburg, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Geoff Brown recalls the start of his career in journalism
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Geoff Brown talks about the black community at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Geoff Brown describes the racial tensions in Brunswick, Maine
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Geoff Brown remembers his mentor at Bowdoin College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Geoff Brown talks about his aspirations to attend graduate school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Geoff Brown talks about the development of his writing style
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Geoff Brown talks about his classmates at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Geoff Brown remembers his father's death
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Geoff Brown recalls his start at Jet magazine in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Geoff Brown talks about his contemporaries at Jet magazine
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Geoff Brown talks about his experiences as a managing editor at Jet magazine
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Geoff Brown remembers John H. Johnson and Robert E. Johnson
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Geoff Brown remembers his decision to leave Jet magazine
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Geoff Brown remembers Bill Berry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Geoff Brown talks about meeting his wife
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Geoff Brown remembers hosting celebrities at Jet's executive lunchroom
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Geoff Brown remembers his interview with Gwen McCrae
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Geoff Brown talks about the Johnson Publishing Company's corporate counsel
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Geoff Brown describes the relationship between Jet and Ebony staff
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Geoff Brown talks about his work ethic
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Geoff Brown talks about his colleagues at the Chicago Tribune
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Geoff Brown describes his experiences at the Chicago Tribune during Mayor Harold Washington's election
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Geoff Brown reflects upon his expereinces at the Chicago Tribune
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Geoff Brown talks about the Chicago Tribune's reputation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Geoff Brown talks about his career path at the Chicago Tribune
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Geoff Brown talks about his role as entertainment editor for the Chicago Tribune
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Geoff Brown talks about covering the black community in the entertainment section of the Chicago Tribune
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Geoff Brown talks about the comics section of the Chicago Tribune
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Geoff Brown talks about the introduction of The Boondocks comic in the Chicago Tribune
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Geoff Brown talks about the impact of the internet on print journalism
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Geoff Brown talks about Sam Zell's leveraged buyout of the Chicago Tribune
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Geoff Brown describes his role at the Chicago Tribune during the financial crisis of 2008
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Geoff Brown describes the aftermath of the Chicago Tribune's bankruptcy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Geoff Brown talks about the print side of the Chicago Tribune
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Geoff Brown describes his plans for retirement
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Geoff Brown talks about the entertainment scene in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Geoff Brown talks about the entertainment scene in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Geoff Brown talks about the lack of funding for arts education
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Geoff Brown talks about his decisions to pull comics from the Chicago Tribune, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Geoff Brown talks about his decisions to pull comics from the Chicago Tribune, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Geoff Brown describes the Chicago Tribune's comic strip review committee
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Geoff Brown talks about his editorial philosophy for newspaper comics
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Geoff Brown talks about the future of print journalism
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Geoff Brown reflects upon his decision to pursue a career in journalism
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Geoff Brown reflects upon his career
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Geoff Brown reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Geoff Brown narrates his photographs