Neil Brown

Neil Brown is the president of The Poynter Institute. He joined Poynter in September 2017, after serving as the editor and vice president of the Tampa Bay Times.

During Brown's tenure leading the Times news staff, the paper won more national and state awards than at any time in its history, including six Pulitzer Prizes in the last eight years. He also launched PolitiFact in 2007; the site won a Pulitzer Prize in 2009 for its coverage of the 2008 election.

Brown first joined Times Publishing in 1988, serving as managing editor in Washington, D.C., at Congressional Quarterly, a former Times affiliate company. He came to the Times in 1993 as world editor in charge of national and international news and then as managing editor and executive editor. 

A native of Chicago, Brown is a graduate of the University of Iowa, Phi Beta Kappa, with a bachelor's degree in political science and journalism. He began his newspaper career as a reporter and editor at the Miami Herald, covering government and politics in Miami and working in bureaus in Key West, Tallahassee and West Palm Beach.

In 2015, Brown was elected to the Pulitzer Prize Board. He previously served four years as a Pulitzer Prize nominating juror in journalism. He is past president of the Florida Society of News Editors and served six years on the Board of Directors of the American Society of News Editors. In 2010, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the University of Iowa School of Journalism.

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Introducing PolitiFact’s Mueller Report book club

Robert Mueller suggested that the 448-page report is the best way to find out what the Russian government did to interfere with the 2016 election and how President Donald Trump reacted when American investigators started digging.

Why PolitiFact doesn’t use the word ‘lie’ — except once a year

We usually avoid the word 'lie'.' That’s because of the tricky issue of claiming to know a person’s intention. 

The Trump file: Trump's 10 top falsehoods of 2018

President Donald Trump is the only two-time winner of PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year, and he would hold the trophy for a third time if readers had their way. PolitiFact editors went in a different direction by singling out 10 of his worst statements that offered strong competition for the year's worst claim.

PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year: Online smear machine tries to take down Parkland students

Together, the lies against the Parkland students in the wake of unspeakable tragedy were the most significant falsehoods of 2018. We name them PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year.

PolitiFact turns 11. We've rated 15,000 claims, and the truth still matters

Our editor reflects on eleven years of fact-checking.

2016 Lie of the Year: Fake news

PolitiFact's 2016 Lie of the Year is: fake news.

The Lie of the Year: Exaggerations about Ebola

The emergence of Ebola in the United States sparked a political and media frenzy, but many of the claims made were far from accurate. Collectively, they are PolitiFact's 2014 Lie of the Year.   Fact-checking Dick Cheney on the torture report

2014 Lie of the Year: Exaggerations about Ebola

We heard claims that Ebola was easy to catch, that illegal immigrants may be carrying the virus across the southern border and that it was all part of a government or corporate conspiracy. Those claims, and others, collectively earn our Lie of the Year for 2014. View the results of the 2014 Readers' Poll Read all our fact-checks about Ebola PunditFact editor Aaron Sharockman discusses the Lie of the Year

5 questions about PolitiFact and PunditFact's Lie of the Year

We'll announce our Lie of the Year "winner" next week. Here, we answer five frequently asked questions.    A look back at previous years' winners

3 takeaways from the 2014 Global Fact-checking Summit

Countries and politics differ, but the value of fact-checking crosses borders, says PolitiFact Editor Angie Drobnic Holan.