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Pamela Brown (journalist)

Pamela Brown (journalist)

Pamela Ashley Brown (born November 29, 1983) is an American television reporter and newscaster. Brown works as a weekend anchor and senior Washington Correspondent for CNN. She formerly worked for ABC Washington, D.C., affiliate WJLA-TV.[1][2][3] Brown occasionally provided the lead-in to "Politico's Video Playback"—a daily recap of the previous night's U.S. late-night talk shows.

Pamela Brown
Pamela Ashley Brown

(1983-11-29) November 29, 1983
EducationUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Known forAnchor and Senior Washington Correspondent, CNN
Adam Wright
(m. 2017)


Brown was born in Lexington, Kentucky, the daughter of businessman and former Governor of Kentucky John Y. Brown Jr. and former Miss America and businesswoman Phyllis George (1949-2020). George took maternity leave from her duties on CBS' NFL pregame show, The NFL Today, to give birth to Pamela. Brown is the granddaughter of politician John Y. Brown Sr. and the half-sister of former Kentucky Secretary of State John Y. Brown, III. Her parents divorced in 1996 after 17 years of marriage, when Brown was 13.[4]

Brown graduated from Henry Clay High School in Lexington and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill[4] with a degree in broadcast journalism. While at the University of North Carolina, Brown was a reporter on the university's Carolina Week. After school, she worked for ABC-affiliate WJLA-TV in Washington.[4][1]

In January 2021, CNN announced that Brown would move to Senior Washington Correspondent and would host three hours of CNN Newsroom on weekends.[5]

Personal life

Brown has an older brother, Lincoln (born 1980) and three half-siblings from her father's prior marriage.[4] Brown was named after her aunt Pamela Brown,[1] who died in 1970 at the age of 28 together with her husband Rod Anderson and balloonist Malcolm Brighton, in an ill-fated attempt to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a Rozière balloon, Free Life.[6]

Brown married Adam Wright on June 5, 2017.[7] In June 2018, their son Ben was born,[8] followed by daughter Vivienne in February 2020.[9]


  1. "Pamela Ashley Brown". Retrieved October 15, 2013.
  2. "Pamela Ashley Brown Bio". Archived from the original on January 15, 2015.
  3. "Pamela Brown - WJLA Weekend Sunshine". Archived from the original on 2021-12-21. Retrieved October 15, 2013.
  4. Lexington Herald leader: "CNN's Pamela Brown is planning her wedding at her old Kentucky home" by Cheryl Truman November 21, 2016
  5. Stelter, Brian. "CNN announces promotions for Jake Tapper, Abby Phillip, Dana Bash and others". CNN. Retrieved 2021-01-11.
  6. Cummings, Mary (January 22, 1995). "The Day a Dream From Springs Crashed". The New York Times. p. 13. Retrieved June 11, 2014.
  7. Heil, Emily (June 6, 2017). "CNN correspondent Pamela Brown weds at her childhood home in Kentucky". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 5, 2018.
  8. @PamelaBrownCNN (25 June 2018). "Thank you April! My heart couldn't be more full 💙" (Tweet) via Twitter.
  9. @PamelaBrownCNN (11 February 2020). "Baby boom in the @CNNSitRoom .... @SchneiderCNN and I gave birth to our babies on the same day in the same hospital…" (Tweet) via Twitter.
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