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Media, Film & Journalism Studies

Two professors chat at the 2019 Colorado Migrahack

Faculty & Staff

Fred Brown

Fred BrownAbout: Fred Brown retired from The Denver Post in January 2002 after having spent most of his career covering government and politics. He continued to write an occasional column for The Post after that, and he occasionally appears as a political analyst on television, or as a moderator of political debates. Currently, in addition to teaching media ethics as an adjunct instructor at DU, he consults with regional and national law firms regionally about media standards.

He is active in the Society of Professional Journalists, having served SPJ as national president (1997-98), chairman and current vice chairman of its ethics committee (1995-present), one of the authors of SPJ's widely used code of ethics (1996 and 2014 versions), and editor of the fourth edition of the Society's ethics handbook/textbook, published in March 2011.

He serves or has served on several local and national boards of directors, including those for the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation, Colorado Public Radio and its Community Advisory Board, the Community College of Aurora Foundation, Denver Press Club and the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition.

He is a graduate of Colorado State University (B.A. 1961) and has a master's degree (1963) from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Colorado State in 2011 named him to its inaugural Journalism Hall of Fame. He also is an honor alumnus of CSU (1992), a Colorado Press Association Newspaperperson of the Year (2001), and a recipient of several local and national awards for writing and community service.


  • MA, Northwestern University (1963)
  • BA, Colorado State University (1961)