Low-key CNN anchor Aaron Brown was bumped aside in 2005 for Anderson Cooper. Now his CNN contract is up, and he'll resurface next month as host of a PBS documentary series. He's also pitching a public-radio show, appearing in an upcoming Kevin Costner movie as himself ("My worst nightmare," he says), and teaching journalism at the University of Arizona. He spoke to Michael Martin.
I pretty much burned through the other networks. And I like the concept of a PBS audience. TV people like to think the audience has a stake in the program, but they don't. A PBS audience literally does.
Do you have psychic scars from CNN?
Mostly I laugh about it. In my time there, they paid me to go away, they paid Connie Chung probably a lot to go away, they paid Paula Zahn to go away....
You've let your hair go gray.
I think I just got older and stopped giving a shit. On the other hand, the first thing I did when I left CNN was have Lasik surgery.