Brown Elected To National Issues Forums Institute – Cedar Mountain NC


Cedar Mountain resident Jerry Elijah Brown has been elected to serve on the board of the National Issues Forums Institute (NIFI).

Brown is a longtime leader in journalism education. Until 2007, he was dean of the School of Journalism and Communications at the University of Montana. Before that, he was journalism faculty member at Auburn University for 20 years, the last seven as head of the department.

Brown received his BA in journalism from Auburn in 1967, an M.A. in creative writing from Hollins College in 1968 and Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt University in 1974. He spent a postdoctoral year studying American autobiography at Dartmouth College.

From 1976-79, he edited a weekly newspaper near Roanoke, Va., an experience he describes as “the perfect preparation for teaching real-world journalism in an academic setting.” He wrote a critical biography of the Southern humorist Roy Blount Jr. in 1990 and was co-author of an award-winning book, “The Federal Road: Through Georgia, the Creek Nation, and Alabama” in 1989.

The youngest of 14 children, he was raised on a farm in Clarke County, Ala. He and his wife, Libby, a retired high school librarian, have two adult daughters, Brooks and Lindsay. He retired from the J-school in 2009.

He also published a book, “Alabama’s Mitcham Wars,” in 2011.


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