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Host of The NFL Today on CBS & Inside The NFL on Showtime
CBS News Special Correspondent

James Brown is the current host of The NFL Today on CBS and Inside The NFL on Showtime.  A three-time Emmy Award-winning network broadcaster, Brown, who was elected into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame in August 2020, has hosted the Super Bowl a record-tying nine times including Super Bowl 53 on CBS. In 2010, SI.com named Brown the Best Studio Host of the Decade. Brown is a Special Correspondent for CBS News and contributes to programs such as 60 MinutesCBS This MorningCBS Evening News and 48 Hours. He is also a founding partner of Major League Baseball’s 2019 World Series Champion Washington Nationals.

Brown’s previous broadcasting roles include host of Thursday Night Football on CBS and The NFL Network, co-host of Fox NFL Sunday, correspondent for Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel on HBO, and host of a nationally syndicated radio show on Sporting News Radio.  In 2009, Brown’s first co-authored book, entitled Role of a Lifetime: Reflections on Faith, Family and Significant Living, was released.

Among numerous honors, Brown received the 2016 Pete Rozelle Award by the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which recognizes “longtime exceptional contributions to radio and television in professional football,” and “The Uncommon Award” from Tony Dungy for his “uncommon leadership through character and faith.” Brown was a 2010 honoree as one of the “Faces of Black History” celebrating Black Media Legends who have impacted the Black community through their achievements and positive examples and was honored with the Greater Washington Urban League’s Sam Lacy Award in 2005. Brown was also the first recipient of the coveted Pat Summerall Award presented annually during Super Bowl weekend.

Brown, a Washington, D.C. native, is a graduate of Harvard University where he was a three-time All-Ivy selection in basketball and is in the Harvard Basketball Hall of Fame. He is involved in a number of charitable organizations, including GENYOUth of which he is a Board Member, the Ron & Joy Paul Kidney Center at George Washington University and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Brown is also an ordained minister and is actively involved in speaking at churches and conferences around the country.

Brown and his family currently reside in Maryland.


Part memoir and part self-help, Role of a Lifetime draws on Brown’s lessons from his faith and life experiences to guide readers to find fulfillment and significance. Read more.

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