Dr. Milbert O. Brown, Jr. is a remarkable storyteller. During his three-decade career, he has captured the historical and cultural tapestry of communities, and people using his gifts as an artist, photojournalist, and writer. Brown has combined his talents in producing independent educational and creative projects as the principal consultant of Brown Media Consulting.
One of his consulting contracts includes serving as the Editor of The Oracle Magazine, the official international membership publication for Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. Brown manages the editorial content from contributing writers, district directors of public relations, and photographers worldwide.
As an educator, Dr. Brown is a faculty member at Washington Adventist University. He teaches communication and or studio art courses in design, multimedia reporting, photography and the theory of communication. His other experience in higher education has included teaching media and or photojournalism courses at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Howard University, Loyola University-Chicago, Northwestern University, Northern Virginia Community College and Wilberforce University. Dr. Brown also serves as the Academic Representative on the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) 's national board.
Earlier in Brown’s distinguished career, he worked as a photojournalist and or picture editor at some of the nation's top newspapers including the Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, and the Washington Post. While at the Tribune, he shared journalism's highest honor-- the Pulitzer Prize in Journalism for Explanatory Reporting as a contributing staff member in 2001. In 1982, as Brown completed his graduate thesis from Ohio University, the legendary Post editor Ben Bradlee hired him as an intern at the Washington Post. Later, he worked for several informational agencies as a public affairs writer.
Brown gained international reporting experience during his coverage of South Africa’s free election, and the inauguration of Nelson Mandela. Later, he was one of six U.S. journalists selected by a special United Nations committee to cover Liberia's elections as a 2005 United Nations Overseas Reporting Fellow. In 2015, Brown was also the recipient of an International Center For Journalists (ICFJ) Faculty Fellowship. As a fellow, Brown observed the online newsroom operations of BuzzFeed, ProPublica, and WNYC Radio, also producing multimedia projects in New York City.
The Indiana native graduated from Morgan State University with a doctorate degree in Higher Education Leadership. Brown also earned the Master of Arts degree from Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication and a B.S. in journalism from Ball State University. Some of his research interest includes contemporary social documentary imagery, educational success outcomes for Black Males, and visual storytelling in the digital age.