Madeleine Brand

Madeleine Brand is an American broadcast journalist and radio personality. Brand is the host of the news and culture show Press Play, on KCRW-FM (89.9), one of Los Angeles' two National Public Radio (NPR) affiliates. The show made its debut in January 2014.[1][2] Brand broadcasts from the basement of the cafeteria of Santa Monica College.[2]

Madeleine Brand
EducationColumbia University Graduate School of Journalism
UC Berkeley
OccupationBroadcast journalist
Notable credit(s)
Press Play, The Madeleine Brand Show (later Brand & Martínez), Day to Day, Morning Edition, All Things Considered


A Los Angeles native, Brand grew up in the Hollywood Hills area of Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay area.[3]

Brand attended the University of California, Berkeley, beginning her radio career on college radio station KALX; she earned a B.A. in English, with honors, in 1988. She later received a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where she later returned to teach documentary radio.[1][3][4]


Brand reported and anchored for NPR for thirteen years at various affiliates across the country: KQED, San Francisco; WBUR, Boston; WBGO, Newark, and WBFO, Buffalo.[1][3][4][5] She served as West Coast correspondent and occasional substitute host for Morning Edition and All Things Considered.[1] In 2006, she began co-hosting the radio newsmagazine program Day to Day with Alex Chadwick, which broadcast from NPR West studios in Los Angeles.[5]

In 2010, Brand became host of the new daily Southern California Public Radio program The Madeleine Brand Show, on the public radio station KPCC, which aired between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Pacific Time.[2] The show broadcast from the Mohn Broadcast Center in Pasadena.[2] The show was popular for its first 23 months, and was the station's most-listened-to in-house program (with the highest Arbitron rankings), and won a number of radio journalism awards.[2][3][4] However, the show came to an "abrupt end" after KPCC paired Brand with longtime ESPN sports reporter A Martínez in an attempt to attract more Latino listeners and fulfill the requirements of a $6 million Corporation for Public Broadcasting grant.[2][3] The pairing of the two hosts, under the name Brand & Martínez, debuted August 13, 2012, but lasted just four weeks and was a failure, in part because the two had met only twice before the program began.[3] Brand left the station in September 2012 and was replaced by Alex Cohen (the show was renamed Take Two).[2][3]

Following her time at NPR, Brand was briefly at the Los Angeles public television station KCET as a special contributor to the fifth season of SoCal Connected, hosted by Val Zavala.[1][3][4]

In the summer of 2013, Brand occasionally substituted for longtime broadcaster Warren Olney IV on his show To the Point on KPCC's rival, KCRW.[2] In September 2013, Brand moved to KCRW and began to develop Press Play, which debuted in January 2014, becoming the first new daily program on KCRW since 2001.[2] Press Play competes against Larry Mantle's AirTalk on KPCC.[2]

Personal LifeEdit

Brand is married to filmmaker Joe DeMarie, and together they have two children. She lives in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d e KCRW biography.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Ryan Faughnder, Madeleine Brand returns to radio with 'Press Play' debut on KCRW, Los Angeles Times, January 28, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Deborah Vankin, Madeleine Brand talks KCET, leaving KPCC and the future, Los Angeles Times, November 5, 2012.
  4. ^ a b c d Tessa Stuart, How KPCC's Quest for Latino Listeners Doomed The Madeleine Brand Show, LA Weekly, November 1, 2012.
  5. ^ a b Madeleine Brand Joins Alex Chadwick as Host of "Day to Day," NPR Midday Newsmagazine, NPR, February 1, 2006.
  6. ^ Ferrell, David (April 11, 2014). "Silver Lake's Madeleine Brand adores nature in her city". Orange County Register.

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