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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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.

This week's final media mêlée

muckrack.com — The topic on most journalists' lips this morning: Vice President Joe Biden's son Hunter, who has been discharged from Navy Reserves after failing a test for cocaine (19,811 shares). "I liked it better in The Onion," admits freelance journalist Corey Pein. Next: Hey, Twitter. Nobody likes the spirit of experimentation and the evolution of ...

The Ebola errors keep coming

muckrack.com — "Ebola AND a cruise ship? It's like Christmas and Halloween for CNN all rolled into one," Michael Roston tweets, already winning "Best/Truest Tweet of the Day." We're talking, of course, about the gobsmacking latest news that the health worker who may have had contact with Ebola is apparently on a cruise ship right now, we ...

From NBC Philadelphia to 30 Rock

muckrack.com — NBC Philadelphia's Sarah Glover is now social media editor for all stations at NBC. Previously filling the same title but only for the Philly affiliate, now Glover will oversee social at all the others owned by NBC. "#BREAKING: Some #goodnews in my #socialmedia world... my new #job = working from #30Rock ...

Today's update on the Fourth Estate

muckrack.com — All hail Shep Smith of Fox News, who offered a passionate rejoinder to "irresponsible" Ebola coverage (18,576 shares). "Stop what you're doing and watch this," CNN's Brian Stelter commands. "Hands down the most sensible ebola video I've seen (a little surprised it's from @FoxNews)," admits New York Observer's Jennifer Wright.

Ongoing investigations in the headlines

muckrack.com — More stunning wrinkles in the evolving Ebola saga: workers at the Dallas hospital that treated patient Thomas Eric Duncan wore no protective gear for two days while treating him, The Dallas Morning News reports (12,441 shares). "Oh god. Dallas Presbyterian is run by idiots," reckons Josh Barro of the New York Times and MSNBC.

Post Outlook editor to replace Yardley

muckrack.com — The Washington Post's opinion editor Carlos Lozada will don a new mantle at the end of this year--that of nonfiction book critic. A long-time editor of the paper's opinion section Post Outlook, Lozada will fill the role left behind by retiring critic Jonathan Yardley.

Headlines that will have you hooked

muckrack.com — The New York Times' C.J. Chivers boasts a bombshell of a story that reveals U.S. troops actually did find thousands of chemical weapons during the Iraq War. "Wait...WHAT??" WTMJ's Doug Russell does a double take. Here are the secret U.S. casualties of Iraq's abandoned chemical weapons (65,535 shares).

The AP welcomes two more into the fold

muckrack.com — The Associated Press just added to two more to its flock: experienced researcher Susan Beachy takes the reins at the AP's news research team as veteran Bay Area reporter Kristin J. Bender joins its San Francisco unit. Coming to the AP from The New York Times, Beachy will be lead teams based both in New York and ...

The Vine looped 'round the world

muckrack.com — "Fox News gonna cover this for a week," warns popular tweeter Desus, and we fear that's true. There are so many stories that deserve top billing in today's Daily, but with 105,000 shares and counting, the overwhelming response to this FLOTUS Vine cannot--nay, will not--be denied (also, we apologize to our dear readers who do not enjoy a ...

Lou Dubois trades roles at NBC family

muckrack.com — NBCUniversal just welcomed Lou Dubois as Executive Director, Digital Content on the NBCU corporate communications team, where he'll now oversee new and existing digital projects. Through last week, Dubois was the senior editor of social and emerging media at NBC News. "After 2+ amazing years, today is my final day ...
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