SocialMiami Remembers: DON BROWNE

The renowned television executive and co-founder of the Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program is remembered by Jennifer Valoppi.

Maria Browne, Don Browne & Jennifer Valoppi

On August 30th my dear friend, renowned television executive, and co-founder of the Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program, Don Browne, passed away peacefully in his Miami Beach home.

Don was a visionary leader and a long-time champion of women and minorities in the workplace. Whether it was through his work at CBS News, as VP of NBC Network News, President & GM of NBC6 Miami, or President of Telemundo Communications Group, Don’s fairness, compassion, and wisdom, made television and the news business a better place.

Don was my former boss at NBC & NBC 6, and the reason I came to Miami. When I pitched him the idea for Women of Tomorrow, he did not hesitate to throw the weight of the television station behind it, and Women of Tomorrow was born.

Having grown up extremely poor, Don was an unlikely candidate to oversee the Today Show, launch Dateline NBC, run Telemundo, or be inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame. Yet he did all those things and so much more.

Don knew full well what it meant to overcome challenges. As Don always said, “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”

He was an inspiration to all of us who knew him. At the end, despite his struggles with brain cancer, he was positive and upbeat as always, filled with wonderful stories, and happy to “share sunsets” overlooking the Intracoastal, as he liked to say, with family and friends.

Don was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather and he now joins his beloved wife Maria, who passed away almost two years ago. He is survived by his sons Chris and Ryan, Chris’ wife Julie, and grandchildren Adelia and Milo.

As Chris and Ryan say in this very personal tribute you can find here – Don left this life the same way he lived it, grateful.

I am grateful to have known him. A scholarship fund is being established in Don’s name.

With Deepest Sympathy,

Jennifer Valoppi
Founder & President
Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program

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