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Campbell Brown
Born Alma Dale Campbell Brown
June 14, 1968 (1968-06-14) (age 41)
Ferriday, Louisiana, United States
Education Regis University
Occupation Broadcast journalist
Spouse(s) Dan Senor (2006 - present)
Children Eli James Senor (b. December 18, 2007) Asher Liam Senor (b. April 6, 2009)
Religious belief(s) raised Roman Catholic,
converted to Judaism
Notable credit(s) Co-anchor of Weekend Today
Anchor of CNN Election Center
Anchor of Campbell Brown: No Bias, No Bull Anchor of campbell brown
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Campbell Brown (born June 14, 1968) is an American television news reporter, currently an anchor and political pundit for CNN and a former co-anchor of NBC's Weekend Today. She won an Emmy award for her reporting on Hurricane Katrina while with NBC.[1]


Early life and family

Campbell Brown was born Alma Dale Campbell Brown on June 14, 1968 in Ferriday, Louisiana, the daughter of former Louisiana Democratic State Senator, Secretary of State, and Insurance Commissioner James H. "Jim" Brown Jr., and Brown's first wife, artist Dale Campbell Brown. Brown explains her name by stating "Alma Dale" was her grandmother's name, while "Campbell" was her mother's birth surname.[2]

Brown was raised Roman Catholic,[3] though her father is Presbyterian. She has two sisters.[4] She grew up in Natchez, Mississippi and attended Trinity Episcopal Day School. She was also a cheerleader. She was kicked out of the elite Madeira School for sneaking off campus to go to a party.[5] Brown attended Louisiana State University for two years before graduating from Regis University. After graduation, she spent a year teaching English in the former Czechoslovakia.[6]

Her first marriage to a Washington real estate broker lasted two years.[5] On April 2, 2006, Brown married her second husband, Daniel Samuel Senor (born 1971), a Republican consultant who regularly appears on Fox News.[4][7] Brown converted to Judaism, her husband's faith,[3][8] and the two were married in an Orthodox Jewish ceremony.[9]

On June 24, 2007, Brown announced on Weekend Today that she and her husband were expecting their first child.[10] On December 18, 2007, Brown gave birth to a son, Eli James Senor, named after his grandfather, James Senor.

On October 27, 2008, during a guest appearance on The Daily Show, Brown announced her second pregnancy.[11] On April 6, 2009, Brown gave birth to a second son, Asher Liam Senor. She returned from maternity leave on Monday, June 1.[12]


She began her career in local news reporting for KSNT-TV, the NBC affiliate in Topeka, Kansas, and then for WWBT-TV, the NBC affiliate in Richmond, Virginia, and also reported for WBAL-TV in Baltimore, Maryland, and WRC-TV in Washington, D.C. Brown joined NBC News in 1996. She was later assigned to The Pentagon and covered the war in Kosovo. Before Weekend Today, she was the White House correspondent for NBC News.

Presidential election coverage in 2000

During the 2000 Presidential campaign, she covered George W. Bush as well as the Republican National Convention and Republican primary. She eventually became the primary substitute anchor for Brian Williams on NBC Nightly News. In March 2006, she was named as one of five women who might replace Katie Couric when she would leave The Today Show, but the vacancy was filled by Meredith Vieira.

Leaving NBC for CNN

Brown announced July 22, 2007, on Weekend Today that she would be leaving NBC News after 11 years to devote time to her family and expected baby. CNN confirmed it had hired Brown, and that Brown would start work for CNN in February 2008 (originally November 2007), filling the spot previously held by Paula Zahn, who left the network in turn. Brown began anchoring CNN Election Center, which ran from February through October 2008.[13] The show was renamed Campbell Brown: No Bias, No Bull in October 2008, right before the election in order to ensure a smooth transition when the election was over. Roland Martin filled in as guest host in April and May 2009 while Brown took maternity leave. When she returned in June 2009, the show was renamed again to simply Campbell Brown.

Interviews during the 2008 election season

Tucker Bounds

On September 1, 2008, Brown conducted a controversial interview with Tucker Bounds, a spokesman for Republican Presidential candidate John McCain concerning vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Brown questioned Palin's executive experience and asked for examples of decisions Palin had made as commander-in-chief of the Alaska National Guard. Bounds did not name an example, but stated that Palin had more executive experience than Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama. Brown accused Bounds of sidestepping with his answers and repeated some of the same questions. Brown asserted that Senator McCain had made a point of wanting a vice president with a lot of experience, including foreign policy experience, and that his selection of Palin seemed to abandon that principle. She asked Bounds to explain the decision on that basis. Bounds contended that Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin together had more executive experience than Senator Obama and Senator Joe Biden combined. Brown also asked if Palin should accept the Republican vice-presidential nomination given that her teenage daughter is pregnant out of wedlock. The McCain campaign later accused Brown of anti-Republican/McCain bias, alleging that she had "gone over the line." In response, the campaign canceled McCain's scheduled interview with Larry King, but later rescheduled it.[14]

In popular culture

Brown has been parodied by actress/comedienne Tracey Ullman in her Showtime comedy series Tracey Ullman's State of the Union as well as by Kristen Wiig on Saturday Night Live.


  1. ^ "Dan Senor & Campbell Brown (profile)". Greater Talent Network Speakers Bureau. 
  2. ^ Clehane, Diane (February 26, 2007). "So What Do You Do, Campbell Brown?". Mobile Media News. Retrieved July 25, 2007. 
  3. ^ a b
  4. ^ a b Brady, Lois Smith (April 9, 2006). "Weddings & Celebrations: Campbell Brown and Dan Senor". New York Times. Retrieved July 24, 2007. 
  5. ^ a b St. John, Warren (November 23, 2003). "A Potential Contender In a Post-Couric Derby". The New York Times. Retrieved February 6, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Anchors & Reporters: Campbell Brown". CNN. Retrieved 2008-10-22. 
  7. ^ Silverman, Stephen M. (April 2, 2006). "NBC's Campbell Brown Gets Married". People (,,1179281,00.html. 
  8. ^ "Power couple discusses politics, war and marriage". Cleveland Jewish News. October 25, 2007. 
  9. ^ Jacobson, Judie. "He said, she said: Media power couple talk politics and get personal at ‘VOICES’". Connecticut Jewish Ledger (United Jewish Communities). 
  10. ^ Silverman, Stephen M. (June 25, 2007). "NBC's Campbell Brown to Be a Mom". People.,,20043649,00.html. Retrieved July 5, 2007. 
  11. ^
  12. ^ "Campbell Brown Welcomes Baby Asher Liam Senor". The Huffington Post. April 6, 2009. Retrieved April 6, 2009. 
  13. ^ "Campbell Brown Quietly Begins Her Tenure At CNN". March 31, 2008. Retrieved May 13, 2008. 
  14. ^ Brown, Campbell (September 5, 2008). "Brown: Tucker Bounds interview becomes lightning rod". CNN. 

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Preceded by
Soledad O'Brien
Weekend Today Co-Anchor with Lester Holt
2003 - July 22, 2007
Succeeded by
Amy Robach (Saturday)
Jenna Wolfe (Sunday)


Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Campbell Brown (born 14 June 1968) is an American television news reporter, currently an anchor and political pundit for CNN and a former co-anchor of NBC's Weekend Today.


  • I just think it’s the world we live in and there is no real metric to measure us by because CNN is the only one that is still doing journalism.
    • In response to a question "What is your take on the fact that CNN, the pioneer in cable news, is really marketing your political independence to distinguish itself from its competitors?"
    • Interview with Julie Menin, July 21, 2009.[1] [2]

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