With more than 25 years of journalism experience to draw from, Aaron Brown is CNN’s lead anchor during breaking news and special events as well as anchor of NewsNight with Aaron Brown, CNN’s flagship evening newscast. Brown also serves as host of CNN Presents, CNN’s documentary series, and is the co-anchor during the network’s election coverage. Brown is based in the network’s New York bureau.
Less than an hour after the first terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York on Sept. 11, Brown began covering the unparalleled event from a rooftop in New York City. His continuing live coverage from several points in New York City, including Ground Zero, provided CNN audiences with constant updates and insight as the crisis turned into a search-and-rescue mission then evolved into a war on terrorism. Since then, he has covered numerous news events for CNN, including the ongoing war on terrorism, Election 2002, the D.C.-area sniper and the aftermath of the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster. During 2003’s Operation Iraqi Freedom, Brown anchored from the network’s headquarters in Atlanta, providing viewers with the latest information from frontlines’ reports as well as from Central Command in Doha, Qatar, and Washington, D.C.
Previously, 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. Additionally, he 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 obituary of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
Before joining ABC News, Brown anchored the evening newscast for KIRO-TV in Seattle. Before that, he spent 10 years at Seattle’s KING-TV as a reporter and anchor.
Brown has garnered a number of awards including three Emmy awards, a duPont-Columbia Award, a New York Film Festival World Medal and several Sigma Delta Chi awards for political, general and sports news reporting as well as in the category of Outstanding Documentary.