WILLIAM M. (LEW) BROWN
William M. (Lew) Brown, appointed as Vice Chairman of the Hartford Housing Authority Commission in 2006, retired from broadcast journalism after 30 years as both a radio and television new reporter. He began his career at WKND Radio in the 1960’s, was the Hartford Bureau Chief at WPOP Radio and then started his television career at WVIT Channel 30 in 1979, where he worked for over 20 years.
Lew’s expertise centered on Hartford, crime, housing and investigative reporting. Throughout his career, Lew received numerous awards, including the National Association of Broadcast Journalists Reporter of the Year. His most prized awards were those from grassroots community groups. More recently, he has received several recognitions as a community advocate.
After his retirement, Lew volunteered as an advisor to Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez for five years, helping on issues pertinent to the African American community and public safety. He now works part-time in Constituency Services.
Lew is a member of the St. Michael Church Council, the Knights of Peter Claver Council 311 and the Board of the Artists Collective. Lew is a lifelong resident of Hartford, raised in Bellevue Square in the city’s north end. He is a graduate of Hartford Public Schools. He owns a home in the Southwest neighborhood with his wife April. He is the parent of three, grandparent to nine and great grandparent of five.