Alumna Fulfilled Dream to Teach While Maintaining Impressive Broadcasting Career
One of National University's most consistently visible alumni may be San Diego broadcast personality Pat Brown (multi-subject credential, 1998).
The weekday weather anchor at KGTV 10 News has enjoyed a successful career in television and radio that spans nearly four decades, but her numerous accomplishments off the air have also made her a familiar and valued member of her community.
Brown originally aspired to be a teacher. In fact it was her lifelong dream, but her tenure as Ms. West Virginia and exposure as a Miss USA contestant led to an opportunity to co-host PM Magazine, a syndicated news and entertainment television program that was popular in the 1980s. The show brought her to Dayton, Ohio, Minneapolis, Minnesota, and eventually KFMB Channel 8 in San Diego in 1985.
Brown co-hosted the morning radio show at San Diego's KyXy (96.5 FM) for six years, and spent nine years as a weather anchor at NBC 7/39 before moving to 10 News in 2009. She was promoted to Chief Weather Anchor at 10 News in 2011, and currently reports the weather on that station Monday through Friday on the 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. news broadcasts.
Those who have followed Brown on radio and television over the years may not know that, after completing her credential at National University, she fulfilled her longstanding ambitions by teaching 5th grade for two years in Skyline Elementary School in Solana Beach.
"I had been doing five-and-a-half years of broadcast radio, and at that point I didn't want to get up in the middle of the night to do the morning show anymore," says Brown." I had always wanted to be a teacher, so I considered all the colleges and universities in San Diego. For me, National University was the best way to go. All of us can do more than just one thing in this life, and National's one-course-per-month format makes it possible."
Few teachers have the chance to deliver the nightly weather forecast on television, but Brown still visits the classroom every week, spending every Thursday reading to students at Erickson Elementary School in Mira Mesa. "For a little while, I'm Ms. Brown the teacher again. I've been doing it for 13 years now, and I love it."
Elsewhere in the community, Brown is a trustee emeritus with the Multiple Sclerosis Society and serves on board of directors for the San Diego Alzheimer's Association. "I'm doing everything I can to expedite research," she explains. "It's so important, especially with so many baby boomers becoming senior citizens these days."
Back in the newsroom, the journeyman journalist says technology has profoundly changed the business in the past few years. It is all digitally delivered now. Brown explains that her audience no longer has to wait until 5 p.m. to get the weather report. She is constantly producing updates and sharing them on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook.
"I do as much digitally as I do on air," she adds. "And research has shown that if you win digitally, you win the broadcast."