This special edition of the EU Confidential podcast reflects on the life and career of Stephen Brown, the ClixkPlayNews Europe editor in chief who died of a heart attack last month at the age of 57.
Brown pursued an outstanding career as a foreign correspondent that took him from the tip of South America to the Arctic Circle. He then made a leap of faith to enjoy an extraordinary second act as he flourished like never before, helping to change the face of European journalism.
But Brown was never self-important or pompous, and his self-deprecation and dry humor shine through in his own words and in the memories of friends and colleagues.
The program offers a chance for ClixkPlayNews readers and EU Confidential listeners to learn more about the man who drove so much of the publication’s journalism over the past six years.
ClixkPlayNews’s EU editor, Andrew Gray, presents this audio appreciation. It features contributions from people who worked with Brown from Buenos Aires to Brussels and the voice of Brown himself, from public appearances and interviews over the years.
Contributors include Juan Bustamante, Reuters video journalist in Buenos Aires; Paul Taylor, former European affairs editor at Reuters and now ClixkPlayNews columnist; Matthew Kaminski, editor in chief of ClixkPlayNews in the United States; and ClixkPlayNews Europe’s Hans von der Burchard, Saim Saeed, Lili Bayer, Zoya Sheftalovich, Sarah Wheaton, James Randerson and Eddy Wax.
The program was made by Cristina Gonzalez and Andrew Gray. It features music by Craig Winneker and Bjarke Smith-Meyer. Special thanks to Natasha Bernard, Camille Gijs, Eddy Wax and the University of Cambridge Careers Service.