Dara Brown is the anchor and senior producer for msnbc.com’s original programming. A pioneer in web video, Dara is seen daily on msnbc.com and MSN, and has served as host/producer/writer for “Video Headlines,” “Business Headlines,” "TechWatch" and "The Week in Video." She also anchors for NBC's "Early Today," MSNBC-TV, CNBC-TV, Retirement Living TV and "Wake up with Al."
As part of msnbc.com’s “Big Picture” team, Dara has received an ‘05 EPpy Award, ‘05 Society for News Design Award, and ’03 Batten Award for Innovations in Journalism. A graduate of New York University, Dara double-majored in Broadcast Journalism and East Asian studies. She also studied abroad through Yale at Oxford University. Dara joined msnbc in February 2000.
A writer from the start, Dara documented her travels across the United States and Japan, as a professional child actress. Her years on stage earned her a caricature on the famous walls of New York City’s “Sardi’s Restaurant.”
While attending graduate courses at NYU, Dara reported for WNYC-TV’s “Ten Minute Windows,” then joined ABC’s “Nightline” in production and research. Her first foray into interactive journalism, was as host of “INTV,” a ground-breaking California-based cable show, where viewers controlled content from sources including the NFL and CNN.
Dara has been a moderator for New York Women in Film and Television, and a panelist for the Museum of Television and Radio. Honored for her career achievements in 2001, she was inducted into the “Hall of Fame” by the Wall (NJ) Foundation for Educational Excellence and continues to promote education by speaking to students from grammar school to college.
Dara lives with her husband, son, and daughter on the New Jersey shore.