Kirsten Browning on Muck Rack

Kirsten Browning

Los Angeles
Covers:  travel, international affairs, politics, violence against women, china, pop culture, new media, minority issues, subsaharan africa
Doesn't Cover: fashion

Producer of two documentaries. Muck Rack writer on the media beat. Today Show and Scripps alum.

Kirsten Browning's Biography

I’m a sojourning journalist with an eclectic background in sports, science and music. In the past I’ve been a news anchor for both TV and radio, a documentary producer (both independently and for PBS), a Today Show rookie, a print reporter on Capitol Hill, a proud alum of the illustrious E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, and a sports blogger.

Still, I have never stopped being a writer ...

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Baring Beauty or Brains? Debate Over "Earthquake" Comment Splits Feminist Activists | Herald de P...

Baring Beauty or Brains? Debate Over "Earthquake" Comment Splits Feminist Activists | Herald de P...

What was your first job as a journalist?

I was a copy editor. My first love affair has always been with words (and the correct spelling of them).

Have you ever used a typewriter?

Yes. What? So I'm nostalgic. My laptop's faster, admittedly.

How is social media changing news?

Two key ways: it compels journalists to work faster to get information while underscoring the importance of accuracy & vetting.

Is it Snowpocalypse, Winterzon or SnoWTF? — "Reason not to find a blizzard boyfriend on Craig's List: You might actually get snowed in w a random procured on CL," warns reporter Laura Stampler, now that people are consulting Craigslist for blizzard boyfriends and girlfriends (523 shares) in advance of this week's snowstorm, which could be the biggest on record (11,200+ whopping shares).

BuzzFeed UK names LGBT editor — The latest in Buzzfeed UK's staffing spree: they've just named Patrick Strudwick editor for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) stories. Strudwick was most recently a freelance journalist for publications across Britain, contributing to The Guardian, The Independent and others on subjects that range from politics to pop culture.

In awkward obituaries and other politics — "Huh. Apparently the meaning of 'reformer' has also been deflated," concludes Washington correspondent Binyamin Appelbaum with the New York Times, after reading his publication's extremely kind obituary describing the recently deceased King Abdullah as a "cautious reformer" who "nudged Saudi Arabia forward" (11,400+ shares).

The Economist names first female editor — After months of speculation, The Economist has just announced Zanny Minton Beddoes will be the 17th editor of the publication, making her its first female editor in 170 years. Minton Beddoes succeeds John Micklethwait, who recently left for a position as editor-in-chief for Bloomberg News. Zanny is finishing up as business affairs editor, ...

Your handy State of the Union round-up — "President of the United States of SICK BURNS," is what Dave Itzkoff with the New York Times dubbed Obama on Twitter, after Vining those now famous words: "I have no more campaigns to run ... I know, because I won both of 'em" (which collected a remarkable 23,800+ shares).

Journalism job moves for Wednesday — Some highlights for today: Wired hires away Verge deputy editor David Pierce (closest at right) while promoting Robert Capps and Mark McClusky. Read all about it here. Meanwhile, elsewhere in the industry: Katie Knorovsky is now managing editor of Smoky Mountain Living in Waynesville, NC.

Espionage and politics in the headlines — "Would we know this without people like Snowden? Let the leaks flow," urges ​Gintautas Dumcius with State House News, after Guardian's James Ball reported that more Snowden documents reveal the British intelligence agency GCHQ intercepted emails of journalists from top international media, even as the government "faces intense pressure to protect the confidential communications of reporters, MPs and lawyers from ...

#MuckedUp: The secret recipe to shares — If we think of a good story as gourmet soup, certain ingredients rise to the top. They're necessary additions to whet the appetite of our audience. What will tease the tastes of our readers and viewers? What tantalizes them enough to share the recipe with others? What will make it ...

Fast Company's Wade joins Circa — Peter Wade has just joined Circa as a writer. In the meantime, Wade retains his social media role with Fast Company. "So happy to announce I'm joining @Circa! Really excited about working with @antderosa at such an innovative news outlet!" he tweets, to which editor-in-chief Anthony De Rosa replies, "welcome!"

BuzzFeed brings Millie Tran on board — Millie Tran is the latest addition to the growing mobile app team at BuzzFeed News, where she has been tasked with building and shaping their forthcoming app as well as writing a daily email briefing. Tran was most recently editorial coordinator for the American Press Institute, crafting its daily email newsletter "Need to Know" while also covering media and journalism.
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