During the second grade, Adrian Brune took her first step towards a writing career by tying a string around her Kodak instamatic camera, sticking a notebook in her back pocket and cruising the streets of Tulsa, Okla., in the backseat of her mother’s 1982 Buick Skylark, looking for the hot story. A year or so later, she founded her own newspaper, The Brune Times, with two friends from the third grade. It folded in late 1984, due to her growing interest in sports, but during college at Northwestern University, Brune rekindled her strong love of writing. After a year-long stint at her hometown paper, The Tulsa World, Brune moved to the East Coast and eventually, New York, to attend Columbia Journalism School, from which she graduated in June 2002.
While at Columbia, Brune contributed for the now-defunct City section of the New York Times and wrote a cover story for one of the United States’ oldest and most respected magazines, The Nation. Following graduation, Brune worked as a reporter for the Washington Blade in Washington, D.C., where she broke several stories to the Washington Post and the New York Times and contributed pieces to the Chicago Tribune Sunday Magazine and the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine.
Since then, Brune has been a press officer for the United Nations General Assembly, and recently finished a public relations contract with Action Against Hunger (ACF-International), a France-based international humanitarian NGO for which she wrote for the website, produced Huffington Post columns and editorials, wrote speeches, talking points, press releases and brochures, and conducted outreach with top journalists, UN and EU officials in foreign countries. She currently contributes features to the Hartford Courant and various New York magazines, book reviews to Publishers Weekly magazine and blogs to the Huffington Post.
Brune is a shoe-leather journalist, a multitasker who can talk on the phone, drive a standard-transmission car, take notes and drink coffee at the same time. As a part of her continuing education, Brune keeps up regularly on international affairs, with a special interest in Africa and the Middle East.
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