Frank Browning is based in Paris, France, and reports for NPR. He provides news coverage of France and the European Union as well as cultural reporting and essays.
In 1983, Browning joined NPR's National Desk covering everything from Neo-Nazis in the Midwest to ancient apple forests in Kazakhstan, the dilemmas facing small tobacco farmers in Kentucky to the cultural contradictions facing African musicians in France. Browning, along with long-time NPR reporter Brenda Wilson, coordinated and reported a special 16-part series on AIDS in black America. The series, which aired in 1990 won a DuPont-Columbia award and a Major Armstrong award the following year. The next year he was honored with another Armstrong award for a five-part series on AIDS and sexuality in Brazil.
Throughout his career, Browning has worked in radio, television and print journalism. Stories and reporting have taken him all over the world including Brazil, Britain, Canada, Denmark, France, Netherlands, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Sweden and Switzerland. Browning worked on three documentary projects for Italy's RAI 3 channel: "AIDS: The San Francisco Model" (1990), "War Comes to Twin Peaks: Perceptions of the Gulf War in the Pacific Northwest" (1991), and "American Politics After 9/11" (2002).
Before coming to NPR, Browning was an editor and writer for Ramparts, Inquiry andPacific News Service, all in San Francisco. He has worked as an independent journalist for publications including The Washington Post, National Geographic, Playboy, Health, California and Gourmet.
Browning earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from the University of Michigan. He was a Knight Fellow at the University of Michigan in 1985-86. Browning moved to France in 2001, and is the author of seven books including The American Way of Crime,The Culture of Desire and Apples: Story of the Fruit of Temptation.