The world of television and journalism mourns the loss of Don Browne, a prominent former executive at NBC News and Telemundo. Sadly, at the age of 80, he passed away due to complications from a brain tumor.
Don Browne’s Impactful Broadcasting Career and Mentorship Legacy
Don Browne, who began his career at CBS News, shifted to NBC in 1979, dedicating over 30 years to the company. He served as NBC News bureau chief and later as president of Miami’s local affiliate, WTVJ. He was also the executive news director of The Today Show and acted as president of NBC News, overseeing Dateline’s creation.
In 2005, he became Telemundo’s president until retiring in 2011. Browne’s legacy includes nurturing young journalists by connecting them with executives and offering opportunities like covering the Billboard Latin Music Awards.
Michelle Alban Pays Tribute to Mentor Don Browne
Michelle Alban, former VP of Corporate Communications for NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises, paid homage to her mentor, Don Browne, with an Instagram tribute. She shared a 2008 photo when Browne was inducted into B&C’s Broadcasting Hall of Fame.
In her heartfelt message, Alban highlighted how Browne went beyond mentorship, imparting valuable life lessons. She expressed gratitude for his emphasis on community and family values.
Browne, who lost his wife Maria Browne to cancer in 2001, is survived by sons Christopher and Ryan Browne and their families.