Christina Brown Fisher | #Connect
Christina Brown Fisher is an Air Force veteran and an Emmy award-winning broadcast news journalist. She was formerly an anchor and correspondent for MSNBC and NBC News, and the host, as well as a producer for Our Take, a news, politics, and women’s lifestyle program, for Arise TV media network. Brown Fisher covers justice and veterans’ affairs issues; she’s reported extensively about wellness and mental health, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, as well as Traumatic Brain Injury.
She got her start in Radio/TV when she enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. Brown Fisher holds an MS: Journalism, from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She is a member of the National Academy of Televisions Arts and Sciences, the National Association of Black Journalists, the Screen Actors Guild, the Society of Professional Journalists and Veterans in Media & Entertainment.
I was fortunate to meet Christina back in early 2011 in NYC after trading calls for months about a project she was working on documenting the post-war, post-military lives of veterans. She had documented so much of what might be considered unsavory about the veteran experience. Struggles with physiological and/or psychological injuries in addition to the many layers of moral injury. At the time, it wasn’t widely accepted to do what she did: tell the truth about the grim reality veterans face. I was fortunate to both see her work in action and participate in her documentation.
Christina didn’t attempt to glamorize the war machine, nor did she take away any sense of dignity in retelling traumatic experiences. I recall that first time seeing her, and the last time in 2017, and feeling she had the power and talent to connect with people on a genuine level while delivering the narrative that does tough subjects justice. Her humor, kindness, and commitment to telling the truth is indeed remarkable.
She has always been ahead of her time in crafting compelling messages that burst through the Hollywood Veteran cliché, revealing so much of what few have the courage to say about PTSD, TBI, Major Depression, addiction, relationship dynamics, toxic leadership, and intersectionality. Christina’s Veteran lens lends a unique approach that so many journalists simply cannot grasp, and she effortlessly connects people, places, and events that result in a beautiful tapestry of devotion to speaking out in the name of justice, inclusion, and equality.
You can read more of her work at: https://cbrownfisher.com/
On day six of illuminating women Veterans and their presence in our community, Christina Brown Fisher exemplifies the term #Connect, and is a brilliant example of what it means to connect with others on a genuine, heart-felt level and to piece stories together in true, artistic form.