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Aaron Brown Brings Experience and Humanity to Wide Angle’s 7th Season

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008
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By now you must have read the news about Aaron Brown joining as the new host of Thirteen’s Wide Angle series. I have known Aaron for many years, beginning when we were both working at ABC News. He is a skilled journalist and a wonderful writer, but he first caught my attention soon after he joined ABC News. He was the first co-anchor of the overnight news program and he was on duty during a very sad day.

Sam Donaldson and his producer David Kaplan were in a convoy covering the Sarajevo peace talks when a sniper opened fire. Kaplan, a 22-year veteran of ABC News, was shot and died shortly later at a UN hospital. Aaron was at the anchor desk when Sam called in. As an anchor, there’s no way to prepare for a situation like that. Experience and instinct take over. It was a heartbreaking moment for everyone, especially for those of us who had worked with Sam and Dave. Aaron handled it superbly, perfectly balancing his journalistic duties to report the story with a deep sense of compassion for his fallen colleague.

As Wide Angle begins its seventh season on July 1st, I know that Aaron will bring a sure and steady hand to the program and his touch will make this season especially rewarding.

Aaron Brown photo by Bettina Hansen/ASU

  • Rikki Kessler

    I am thrilled that Aaron Brown will be back on TV. We have been waiting for this day. We wrote to CNN complaining about his firing (to no avail). Congratulations to Thirteen for bringing this outstanding journalist back to us.

  • Rikki Kessler

    What more can I say?

  • Jay Weinstein

    I agree. Welcome back to our living rooms, Aaron.

  • Marilyn Kim

    I was hoping that Aaron Brown would have a show of his own again… CNN’s stupidity is PBS’s gain.

  • Willa Capraro

    It was just a few weeks ago that a friend and I were commenting on Aaron Brown’s absence from television journalism and wondering what he’s been up to. Great news that he will be returning soon. Congratulations to both Brown and Thirteen–I think you’ll be a perfect fit. And this will be a treat for Thirteen viewers.

  • Georgette

    This is the best news so far in a very, very long time. Looking forward to this! Way to go Aaron!

  • Jaye Glenn

    The replacement of Aaron Brown on CNN by Anderson Cooper is something that haunts my dreams. I looked forward every night to Aaron’s quirky take on the news and his intelligent commentary. Thank heavens PBS has more sense than CNN (but we knew that didn’t we?) Welcome back Aaron……your many fans are breathing a sigh of relief.

  • Florette W. Bodmer

    Bravo to Channel 13 for bringing Aaron Brown back to the New York area. His work on CNN was truly exceptional and I will never forget his very first day at the news desk–9/11. He did a tremendous job. Whatever was CNN thinking to let him go in the first place. Ah, but now he is back and we rejoice. Good luck with Wide Angle.

  • Georgina Mc Donagh


    Greetings from Tralee, Co. Kerry, Ireland. I am delighted to read that Aaron will be returning to the TV screens soon. Will it be possible to received the Wide Angle show in Ireland via Satellite TV?



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