FRED BROWN is a retired Senior Writer for The Knoxville News-Sentinel. He has been a journalist for more than 45 years and is a member of the Scripps Howard Hall of Fame. He is a recipient of the Tennessee Associated Press Managing Editor’s Malcolm Law Trophy for Feature Writing and the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship in Journalism at the University of Michigan. Brown most recently published with the University of Tennessee Press “Marking Time: East Tennessee’s Historical Markers.” He has recently been inducted into the Friends of Literacy Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame.
From 2000 to 2005, Brown traveled extensively through France collecting history of American, French and German World War II veterans. He has also traveled to Belgium, Korea, Thailand, Cambodia, Germany, Scotland and England on story assignments.
In 1984, he crossed into East Berlin through Checkpoint Charlie and spent May Day at the Berlin Wall and inside Communist East Berlin for the May Day Parade along Marx-Engels Platz. Also in 1984, Brown visited Dachau, the Nazi Death Camp of the Holocaust.
In 1985, Brown traveled extensively throughout South Korea. He spent one day at the 38th Parallel and Panmunjom on the North Korean Border, visiting the “Peace Village” along the dangerous Demilitarized Zone
In addition, Brown covered Gulf War I from Dhahran, Saudi Arabia during Desert Shield. As part of that reporting, he went out on a desert reconnaissance mission with U.S. Army troops to the Kuwait-Saudi border.
He also covered a time of Palestinian unrest from Ramallah on the West Bank and slipped clandestinely into Gaza City in the early 1990s during a Hamas shutdown of the city as Intifada No. 2 began.
At that time, Brown visited Jerusalem, Hebron and the Tomb of he Patriarchs, was allowed inside the tomb, covered a street strike by Palestinians on the outskirts of East Jerusalem, visited Tel Aviv and Bethlehem. He also went into a refugee camp in Gaza and was accosted by Palestinians as well as Israelis on the way out of Gaza.
Brown has a B. A. Degree in English Literature from Presbyterian College, Clinton, S.C.
Other highlights of his career include:
Discovering October Roads: Fall Colors and Geology in Rural East Tennessee, published by University of Tennessee Press, Summer, 2001. Co-authored with Harry Moore, regional geologist for the Tennessee Department of Transportation.
The Serpent Handlers: Three Families and Their Faith, co-authored with wife Jeanne McDonald, published by John F. Blair Publishing, May, 2000.
Growing Up Southern: How the South Shapes Writers, published by Emerald House/Blue Ridge Publishing, Fall, 1997. Co-authored with his wife, Jeanne McDonald
Snake-Handling Believers, 2 chapters in book by Dr. Thomas Burton, University of Tennessee Press, 1993.
History of Commission on Religion in Appalachia, 1992-93.
“Seniors: Telling Tales to Life’s Upperclassmen,” Storytelling Magazine, Vol. 4, No. 4, fall 1992.
Coker Creek, Crossroads to History, history of a mountain community and its people near Tennessee-Georgia border, 1991.
“Character Building,” Storytelling Magazine, Vol. 3, No. 4, fall 1991.
The Faces of East Tennessee, a history of East Tennessee Counties, 1990.
“Tillman Cadle, Memories of the Coalfields,” Now and Then, The Appalachian Magazine, Center for Appalachian Studies, East Tennessee State University, Vol. 7, No. 7, fall 1990.
Trader Jon, a biography; Castle Books, Memphis, 1986.
“Mining Reform,” Sierra, Vol. 71, No. 5, September/October 1986.
“We Can Eat Sparrows,” New Millennium Writings, Vol. 1, Issue 2, Fall & Winter, 1996.
“The Devil’s Roost,” Voices From the Valley, Knoxville Writer’s Guild anthology, 1994.