Award of Distinction Recipient
Alumni Association, May 10, 2005
Aaron Brown, CNN's lead anchor during special events and breaking news, began his career in Minneapolis, where he hosted a radio talk show. He attended the University of Minnesota for about a year in 1966 and then signed up to serve in the Coast Guard Reserve. Prior to working for CNN, he was the founding anchor of ABC's World News Now; the anchor of ABC's World New Tonight Saturday; a reporter for World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, Nightline, and other ABC news broadcasts. He is particularly known for his compelling coverage of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 from Ground Zero and areas surrounding it. And, most recently, he traveled to Indonesia to cover the disaster and aftermath of the tsunami in South Asia. He is the recipient of numerous awards including three Emmy Awards.
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