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

Real name: Kirsten, because Halloween. Writes @MuckRackDaily & runs #muckedup chat. Creator of #100helpfuldays. I can haz media tips?

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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How to Pitch Kirsten Browning

By email, although I don't mind terribly much if I'm pitched by Twitter, as well.

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.

NPR anoints Edith Chapin executive editor — NPR's Edith Chapin will officially don the mantle of executive editor there. Most recently acting executive editor and previously senior international editor, Chapin succeeds Madhulika Sikka, who recently departed for Mic this past summer. "Congrats to the awesome @EdithChapin -- new executive editor of @NPR.

M&G makes history with youngest editor — The Mail & Guardian has named Verashni Pillay its newest editor-in-chief, making her the youngest editor in its history at just age 31. In the past, Pillay has served as associate editor and senior reporter there, most recently freelancing as a media consultant and newsroom trainer. "Brilliant people and an incredibly special publication.

Journo job moves for Monday — Career news "to-know" this morn: Heralded as the "end of an era," BBC News loses Robert Peston (at right) to ITV News. Read all about it here. Meanwhile, elsewhere in the industry: Chris Cox has been named editor at Harper's. He had been deputy editor there. Lauren Camera joins U.S.

Pontifications from the press — Last night Trevor Noah debuted as the new host of The Daily Show, and it looks like he's kept intact the DNA of the original show. "Trevor Noah's 'Daily Show' is like a new iPhone. Sleek, polished, new design, still does essentially the same thing," concludes NYT's James Poniewozik.

Featured journalist: Joan Morris — Today's featured journalist is Joan Morris, a pets and wildlife columnist and garden writer for the Bay Area News Group. You'll regularly find Morris's bylines in the San Jose Mercury News, Contra Costa Times and Oakland Tribune. This longtime reporter and features writer also happens to be the founder of "Our Garden," a demonstration garden ...
Sep 24, 2015

RT @AskJoanMorris: In the future, everyone will be famous for 15 gigs. Thanks Muck Rack...

Ledes to read this Wednesday — "Yogi Berra, one of the greatest baseball catchers of all time, has rounded home. RIP," tweets Huffington Post's Alex Howard, sharing the news that the master catcher with a goofy wit has died at 90 (at some 50,000+ shares for that New York Times obit, alone).

Tuesday news day — "The GOP base is a 3 year-old who ate 2 cupcakes and a juice box about a half hour ago," concludes freelance journalist and blogger Jeffrey Feldman, now that a new poll shows Ben Carson pulling up alongside an idling Donald Trump (at 21,000+ shares right now).

Political posts to peruse — "Abbott out!" announces TIME's Charlie Campbell, as news broke that conservative Australian prime minister Tony Abbott had been unseated by his progressive rival Malcolm Turnbull in a Liberal leadership spill to become PM. "Bye-bye, Blinky!" is how freelance journalist Taras Grescoe chose to put it.
Sep 14, 2015

The day I got mentioned by @muckrack for calling Tony Abbott "Blinky." Feeling so sorta almost not-at-all famous.…

Featured journalist: Nanette Varian — We'll start off the week by spotlighting the work of Nanette Varian, executive features editor (and also a writer!) for More Magazine. Varian has written and edited for everything from Penthouse to Glamour to the New York Times Syndicate and others, on topics ranging from celebrities to social issues, politics to criminal justice (which, she ...
Sep 14, 2015

RT @muckrack: Monday's Muck Rack featured journalist is @moremag's @NanetteVarian, a passionate storyteller & editor -…

Sep 14, 2015

RT @muckrack: Monday's Muck Rack featured journalist is @moremag's @NanetteVarian, a passionate storyteller & editor -…

Bombshells and breaking bulletins — "New pre-human species discovered in South Africa. Total keg-party day for paleontologists worldwide," tweets New York Times columnist Ginia Bellafante, linking to this breaking news from none other than science beat veteran John Noble Wilford on the newest addition to our human lineage (at 21,000+ shares right now!).
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