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.

Journalism job moves for Monday — Your job moves to know this morning: The Today Show's Hoda Kotb will join Sirius XM where she will host The HODA Show. She is currently a co-anchor at NBC News' TS and a correspondent for Dateline. The Washington Post's Soraya McDonald will move to the Style blog at the end of March to ...

Featured journalist: Jennie Reid — We'll start the week off by spotlighting the work of New Zealand journalist Jennie Reid, Rugby Editor and Writer for Last Word on Sports. Also a writer for and, Reid has established herself as a go-to reporter on this sports beat, "radiating positivity and inspiration in the form of rugby to the ...

Trending at the top for today — "This is the video of the police shooting in Los Angeles. Homicide is becoming mundane," concludes Latterly Magazine's Ben Wolford, as footage revealed the chaotic circumstances surrounding the deadly LAPD shooting of a homeless man (~11,000 shares). The video itself received upwards of 180,000 shares.

United by llamas, divided by dress colors — Just as quickly as we found ourselves bound together by our collective fascination with a low-speed llama chase (which seemed darn popular at 26,000+ shares), we were torn apart again by a nonsensical debate over what colors are this dress (which got over twice that amount at 67,000+ shares). "Team #BlackLlama.

Remembering Dori Maynard — ​Dori Maynard, president of the Robert C. Maynard institute for Journalism Education and widely considered the "champion" of media diversity, has died of lung cancer at just 56. When asked what her middle initial "J" stood for, she once answered, "Journalism." Fusion's Latoya Peterson beautifully reflects, "I am because she ...

Other musings from the media — In an essay for Medium, Associated Press Standards Editor Thomas Kent suggests an ethical checklist for robot journalism (100+ shares). "Good advice from @AP's standards guru on a tricky new area," praises colleague Eric Carvin. In France, the rift among Charlie Hebdo staff grows as they grapple how to use global attention's resulting windfall.

Ledes to read and headlines to heed — "Don't get arrested in Chicago," advises Reuters' Elvina Nawaguna, now that the Guardian's Spencer Ackerman let the cat out of the bag that Chicago police are detaining Americans at an "abuse-laden black site" (61,500+ shares). "Sadly, it would not surprise me if the CPD was busy playing CIA," admits Chicago-based journalist Dayn Perry with CBS Sports.

AJAM's Jamie Tarabay joins Vocativ — Jamie Tarabay will join Vocativ as senior editor contributing to national security and enterprise projects. Tarabay joins from Al Jazeera America, where she is currently a senior staff writer. "Very happy to be joining such an awesome team," she tweets.

WaPo Cairo chief takes on transportation — Washington Post's Abigail Hauslohner is swapping Cairo for D.C.; the Cairo bureau chief will soon be a transportation and development reporter for the Post. It should be a big and well-deserved change for Hauslohner, who spearheaded WaPo's coverage on last summer's Egyptian uprising, "constantly putting herself in harm's way to get the story."

O'Reilly factors in fear, and beyond — "You want a war zone, Bill O. will GIVE YOU A WAR ZONE," promises Ana Marie Cox with the Guardian US, after Bill O'Reilly chose to redouble his defense of his Falklands reporting by threatening New York Times journalist Emily Steel, "I am coming after you with everything I have.
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