Merrill Brown

Journalist and academic
Founder of The News Project

Merrill Brown, a business executive, journalist, educator and consultant, most recently served as Founding Director of the School of Communication and Media at Montclair State University, a post he held from 2012 to 2017. He was the founding Editor in Chief of, which became a recognised leader in digital news delivery when it began operations in 1996, and cofounded the Online News Association in 1999.  Brown is Principal of MMB Media LLC, which provides strategy consulting, product development and editorial services for clients including early stage companies as well as large publishers and broadcasters. A former reporter, Wall Street correspondent and Director of Business Development at The Washington Post, Brown was founding Editorial Director of News 21, the national reporting project produced by journalism students and launched by the Carnegie-Knight Initiative on the Future of Journalism Education.