Howard J. Brown
Howard Brown has instilled a deep sense of community service throughout the family-owned newspaper and broadcast company that he leads. In Wisconsin and across the nation, he has supported activities that advance an understanding and appreciation for the First Amendment.
Nonetheless, Brown eschews public recognition of his contributions – but the residents of Kenosha County know of his innumerable good works to benefit their quality of life.
Brown’s commitment to community journalism is most widely known in Wisconsin through the pages of The Kenosha News and Lake Geneva Regional New. Publisher emeritus of the two Kenosha County newspapers, he also is the president of United Communications Corporation which owns two other daily newspaper and two weekly newspapers, four shopper publications and three television stations.
In addition to his numerous personal philanthropic activities – the extent of which are known only to himself – he is president of Kenosha Christmas Charities, Inc., and has served as a director of the Kenosha Youth Foundation and the Kenosha Jewish Welfare fund, and as a trustee of Carthage College. As a publisher, he is well regarded for his emphasis on local-community coverage.
In October, he was named the 2006 recipient of the Ralph D. Casey/Minnesota Award, one of the Inland Press Association’s highest honors for service to the newspaper industry. In consideration for the award, he was described as “a lifelong ambassador for newspapers and puts a human face on what is oftentimes a faceless industry.”