James Brown is the current host of “The NFL Today” on CBS, “Thursday Night Football” aired on CBS and NFL Network and “Inside The NFL” on Showtime. A three-time Emmy Award-winning network broadcaster, Brown has hosted the Super Bowl
eight times including Super Bowl 50 on CBS. In 2010, SI.com named Brown the Best Studio Host of the Decade. Brown is also a Special Correspondent for CBS News and contributes to various programs such as “60 Minutes” and “CBS This
Among his previous broadcasting roles were co-hosting of “Fox NFL Sunday,” working as a correspondent for “Real Sports” with Bryant Gumbel on HBO, and hosting a nationally syndicated radio show on Sporting News Radio. In 2009, Brown wrote his first book and memoir, “Role of a Lifetime: Reflections on Faith, Family and Significant Living.” He is a co-founder and principal of the Brown Technology Group, a certified minority-owned and operated information technology company, and is a founding partner of the Major League Baseball’s Washington Nationals. Brown is a partner with FullCircle Intermedia, a company that assists athletes and entertainers in developing their brand to ensure long-term success.
An ordained minister, Brown is no stranger to charitable works. He works on behalf of DC College Access Program (DCCAP), The Ron & Joy Paul Kidney Center at George Washington University, and The Salvation Army. Among numerous honors, Brown most recently received the 2016 Pete Rozelle Award Radio-TV Award by the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which recognizes “longtime exceptional contributions to radio and television in professional football”, and “The Uncommon Award” from TONY DUNGY, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2016, for his “uncommon leadership through character and faith.”
Brown is a Washington, D.C., native and a 1973 graduate of Harvard University, where he was a three-time All-Ivy selection in basketball and captained the team as a senior. He resides today in the Washington metropolitan area with his wife Dorothy. His daughter Katrina and her husband John have blessed them with three granddaughters and one grandson.
Throughout his career he has earned numerous awards, including three Emmy Awards for Outstanding Studio Host for THE NFL TODAY (2007) and “FOX NFL Sunday” (1998, 1999).” Brown was honored with the 2009 Dick Schaap Memorial Award for Media Excellence. He received the 2007 Maxwell Football Club’s Excellence in Broadcasting Award and the Dallas All Sports Association Award for Excellence in Sports Journalism, and was the first recipient of the annual Pat Summerall Award in 2006, at Super Bowl XL in Detroit. In 2005, he was honored with the Director’s Award for Broadcasting from The 100 Black Men of America and the Greater Washington Urban League’s Sam Lacy Award 2005. Brown was a 2010 honoree as one of the “Faces of Black History” celebrating black media legends who have impacted the black community through their achievements and positive examples, which have included Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks to the present-day heroes. He was the 2002 recipient of the International Black Broadcasters Association’s Broadcasting Excellence Award and was chosen as 1999 Sportscaster of the Year (Studio Host) by the American Sportscaster Association. Brown was also awarded the Golden Mike Award (1998) by the Black Broadcasters Alliance, two NATAS Emmys (D.C. chapter) including the Glenn Brenner Award for excellence in sportscasting (1998), and the Quarterback Club of Washington’s Sportscaster of the Year Award (1996). In 2010, he was named “Best Studio Host of the Decade” by Sports Illustrated.