Milbert Brown

Brown is an assistant professor at Howard University’s School of Communications. He teaches a multi-platform curriculum that includes design, multi-media, photojournalism, and visual communications in the Department of Media, Journalism and Film.

In addition to his teaching duties, Brown serves as the editor of The Oracle Magazine, the official international membership publication for Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. His duties include coordinating fraternal information worldwide, editing articles/photographs, and writing in-depth profile stories. He is also a contributing photojournalist for the National Newspapers Publishers Association (NNPA).

During his distinguished career, Brown served as an editor, photojournalist, and public affairs writer for several public information agencies. His career afforded him the opportunity to work at newspapers including the Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, and the Washington Post. While at the Tribune, he shared the 2001 Pulitzer Prize in Journalism for Explanatory Reporting as a contributing staff member.

Among the hundreds of assignments during his journalism career, the most notable were his coverage of South Africa’s first all-race election and the subsequent inauguration of Nelson Mandela as the president of South Africa in 1994. During his month-long reporting assignment in South Africa he was member of the Foreign Correspondents Association. Later, Brown was one of six U.S. journalists selected by a joint committee from the National Association of Black Journalists and the United Nations to cover Liberia’s presidential elections as a 2005 United Nations Overseas Reporting Fellow.

Brown’s storytelling skill was highlighted in his genealogical book, Family Treasures: Memoirs of the Blanchard Family. He traces a Black family’s history from their 1690 French roots, through slavery in Mississippi, to the beginning of the 21st century. The book features documents, family oral histories, rare photographs, and slave records. The work is part of the Chicago Public Library’s Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection.

Brown’s current research examines if college Black males are more successful if they are in supportive male initiative programs. This is the subject of his dissertation. Brown is a doctoral candidate in higher education leadership at Morgan State University. He graduated from Ball State University with a B.S. in journalism. After completing his Master of Arts from Ohio University’s School of Visual Communications, he embarked on a career in journalism that now spans over three decades.