David Brown (radio host)

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David Brown
OccupationLawyer, radio personality, journalist, host
Known forHost of Marketplace
TitleHost of Texas Standard and Business Wars

David Brown is an American lawyer, radio personality, award-winning journalist and co-creator and host of public radio's first statewide daily newsmagazine for the Lone Star state, Texas Standard. He is also the host of the hit podcast Business Wars, produced by Wondery, which debuted in 2018 at #1 on the iTunes podcast charts.


Brown previously anchored the nationally syndicated Marketplace radio program from American Public Media from September 2003 to August 2005. Prior to becoming host of that program, David Brown was one of its senior producers.

Before joining the Marketplace team, Brown worked in several roles including reporter, producer, and host for The Christian Science Monitor newspaper's Monitor Radio service.

He has frequently reported for NPR and served as the executive producer of CalNet, California's first statewide public radio news network.

David Brown earned his Ph.D. in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. He holds a law degree from Washington and Lee University and is a member of the State Bar of California. He also holds a Master's degree in Classics/Great Books from St. John's College and a Bachelor's degree in journalism from Georgia State University.

Brown served as the host and executive producer of "Texas Music Matters" on KUT 90.5, the NPR affiliate in Austin, Texas until 2013 when KUT tapped him to develop a signature news program for the station which went "all news" after the purchase of sister station KUTX in late 2012.

Brown also authored, "A Gutenberg Moment," the opening chapter of the communications textbook, "The Future of News: An Agenda of Perspectives."

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Preceded by
David Brancaccio
Host of Marketplace
Succeeded by
Kai Ryssdal