Since You Asked: Where in the world is Aaron Brown

I was searching the Internet for information on former CNN anchor Aaron Brown and I came across a Mail Tribune story from last March about how Mr. Brown spoke at Southern Oregon University's Thomas W. Pyle First Amendment Forum. Can you fill me in on what he's been doing since he left CNN in 2005?

— Denise W., Medford

Apparently, a number of Aaron Brown fans still smart from his unceremonious flight from CNN. The reporter who covered Brown's speech still gets e-mail each week from people seeking information on Brown's whereabouts.

Brown's post-CNN career has involved traveling the country participating in forums such as the one at SOU and teaching courses such as "Turning Points in Television News History" at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, according to ASU's Web site.

Brown, 58, who was the John J. Rhodes Chair in Public Policy and American Institutions at ASU this semester, delivered the journalism school's graduation speech May 11.

He anchored "NewsNight with Aaron Brown" from 2001 to 2005. He won the Edward R. Murrow Award for his coverage on the morning of the World Trade Center attack. Brown's show was replaced by a zippier "Anderson Cooper 360" in November 2005.

Brown, a University of Minnesota student (see correction below) and a former Coastie who got his start in news as a local anchor in Seattle, has not indicated in any of the most recent stories that he intends to step back into the anchor chair any time soon.

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Correction: The original version of this story said Aaron Brown graduated from the University of Minnesota. He attended the school for a year but did not graduate, according to the university. This version has been corrected.

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