Roger Brown is in his 45th year as a broadcast journalist. His career began in 1969 while he was a senior at Calvin College when he was hired as a part-time radio news editor at WOOD AM-FM-TV in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Seven months later, after graduation, he accepted a full-time position as a reporter, serving the TV and radio components of that operation. Over the next 10 years, he would also serve as a producer, assignment editor, anchor, and in management, as Assistant News Director.
In 1980, Mr. Brown moved to the Chicago Bureau of NBC News as a producer in the network’s syndication unit, and later as a field producer. While working for the network, he travelled nationwide and in Canada, developing stories for NBC Nightly News, the Today Show, and Meet The Press. In 1991, he returned to local news at WMAQ-TV, NBC owned and operated station in Chicago as a news writer and line producer.
In 2000, he moved to WFLD-TV, the Fox-owned station
in Chicago where he worked for nine years as a news writer and copy editor. In 2009, Mr. Brown returned to radio, and to part-time work, accepting a position as news writer-editor at
CBS-owned WBBM Newsradio 780 AM in Chicago.
During his career, Roger Brown has won two Emmy Awards and has taught news-gathering skills at two colleges.
While sharing his insights with ICB students, he stressed the importance of “breaking down the door” to get an internship, always acting professionally since you represent not only yourself but the institution you work for either as an intern or as an employee and never, ever let anyone stop you from experiencing your dream of working in the media.