Well-known Wichita journalist Randy Brown has died

Brown worked for the Wichita Eagle, KAKE-TV and served as a professor at Wichita State for many years.

Randy Brown in 2011. (Facebook)

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Wichita, Kan. -- A well-known Wichita journalist, whose work crossed many media platforms, has died.

Randy Brown passed away Wednesday afternoon. He was a journalist who worked at the Wichita Eagle, KAKE-TV as well as a professor at Wichita State.

The Journalism community is small, and Randy Brown was one of us.

Randy could sometimes be bigger than life. With a ready smile and usually a wise crack or joke nearby, you had to like the guy, and we did.

There is very little Randy Brown didn't do as a journalist. He was smart, professional and had a wonderfully wicked sense of humor.

Before he came to Wichita, he was with the Omaha Sun where he and the rest of the reporting team produced a story that won him a Pulitzer Prize for local reporting. In Wichita, he worked for the Wichita Sun, a newspaper started by KAKE-TV and Martin Umansky.

Randy also worked for the Wichita Eagle, where he spent 21 years, five of those as editorial page editor and six years as executive sports editor.

In the 1980s, he came to KAKE, where I was fortunate to be able to work with him. Here, he first became senior reporter, then managing editor and "live at five" anchor. At KAKE, he won state, regional and national awards for reporting and producing. He was the groundbreaking journalist when a teenager killed a principal and injured others at Goddard High School. He also reported on a high profile story about a woman known as "The Poet."

In the past few years, a motorcycle accident caused his foot to be amputated, but it didn't slow him down. He became the spokesperson for the Sunflower Coalition, to bring openness to government. He believed that journalism belonged to the people and was their best chance at a fair shake from government.

He worked for decades as a professor in the journalism department at Wichita State. He love teaching...he loved making young minds click. And no matter what happened to him, he was always in love with life.

Randy is survived by his wife Linda and three grown children. Randy Brown was 73 years old.


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