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Rochelle Brown

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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Television Producer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Fuchsia
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Geneva, Switzerland, Miami, Florida
Favorite Quote:
It is what it is.

Birthplace

Born:
3/10/1949
Birth Location:
Denton, Texas

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Television Producer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Fuchsia
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Geneva, Switzerland, Miami, Florida
Favorite Quote:
It is what it is.

Birthplace

Born:
3/10/1949
Birth Location:
Denton
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Biography

Television producer and journalist Ellen Rochelle Brown was born on March 10, 1949 in Denton, Texas to Earlene and John Henry Brown, a hospital manager and construction worker, respectively. After graduating from the Dallas Public School System, Brown attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas where she received her B.F.A. degree in broadcast film arts in 1971. After completing a summer fellowship at Columbia University in New York City, Brown worked as a news researcher for NBC News in New York City.

In 1975, Brown was offered a television news anchor and reporter job at WROC-TV, the CBS affiliate in Rochester, New York. After making her mark in Rochester, Brown returned home to Dallas in January of 1978 when she joined KDFW FOX-4, the Fox television affiliate in the Dallas, Fort Worth area, as the community affairs director. Since coming to KDFW, she has spent almost thirty years connecting the station to the Dallas community in positive ways.

Thousands of children in the Dallas Public School System have reaped benefits from the “Adopt-A-School” Program created by the City of Dallas. Brown made sure that her station participated in this program. As an executive producer, Brown created Insights, one of the longest running public affairs programs on television in Northern Texas and acted as the show’s first host. Brown has also acted as KDFW’s multicultural affairs director and has made sure that all cultures and races in the Dallas-Fort Worth area are well represented in the news coverage. Brown has gone on the road to create an ongoing travel segment committed to discovering diverse and little known local cultures. Brown is the recipient of the prestigious Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Award, honoring excellence in broadcast journalism for her news segment “Children Having Children.”

Brown was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 13, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Rochelle Brown lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Rochelle Brown talks about her maternal family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Rochelle Brown talks about her father, John Henry Brown, and how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Rochelle Brown talks about her father's military service in World War II
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Rochelle Brown describes how she takes after her parents' personalities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Rochelle Brown talks about her parents' occupations
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Rochelle Brown describes her earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Rochelle Brown describes the sights, sounds, and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Rochelle Brown recalls taking piano lessons as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Rochelle Brown describes her religious upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Rochelle Brown remembers women in the neighborhood who mentored her as a young girl
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Rochelle Brown describes her primary and secondary education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Rochelle Brown talks about her favorite subjects and teachers, including HistoryMaker Irma P. Hall
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - Rochelle Brown remembers attending black movie theaters in South Dallas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Rochelle Brown recalls her favorite television shows as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Rochelle Brown talks about KNOK, a black radio station in Dallas, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Rochelle Brown talks about her experience at Booker T. Washington High School in Dallas, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Rochelle Brown shares her memories of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Rochelle Brown talks about the Civil Rights Movement in Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Rochelle Brown talks about her dating life in high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Rochelle Brown describes her recruitment by Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Rochelle Brown describes her experience at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Rochelle Brown remembers meeting with Southern Methodist University's president to present black student demands
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Rochelle Brown talks about the student protest of Old South Week at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Rochelle Brown describes her college roommate, Ann Livingston
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Rochelle Brown recalls the USA Film Festival and her change in majors from music to broadcast film arts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Rochelle Brown recalls her internship at The Bozo Show in Dallas, Texas in 1970
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Rochelle Brown remembers getting her first car while interning at The Bozo Show in Dallas, Texas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Rochelle Brown describes her work as a producer and host of Roll 'Em on KERA-TV in Dallas, Texas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Rochelle Brown describes her Columbia University Michelle Smith Scholarship and working with Bob Schieffer
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Rochelle Brown remembers when Jim Lehrer hired her to return to KERA
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Rochelle Brown describes her tenure at NBC News in New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Rochelle Brown talks about working at WROC-TV in Rochester, New York as an anchor reporter
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Rochelle Brown talks about returning to Dallas, Texas to work for then-CBS affiliate KDFW
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Rochelle Brown recalls the beginning of "Insights", a public affairs program
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Rochelle Brown talks about changing timeslots on "Insights"
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Rochelle Brown talks about how members of the Dallas community were featured on "Insights"
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Rochelle Brown talks about how the public affairs show "Insights" changed over time
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Rochelle Brown recounts memorable interviews with Richard Pryor, George Clinton, Bill Cosby, and Jimmy Carter on "Insights"
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Rochelle Brown talks about her work as a freelance travel writer
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Rochelle Brown talks about the state of public affairs programming
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Rochelle Brown describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Rochelle Brown talks about what she would do differently
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Rochelle Brown talks about her heroes in the broadcasting world
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Rochelle Brown recounts a few memorable awards in her career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Rochelle Brown reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Rochelle Brown talks about her family
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Rochelle Brown talks about how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Rochelle Brown narrates her photographs