Majoring in:


Merrisa Brown
Urbandale, Iowa
Journalism and History
Carol Moseley Braun
Joe Lieberman



Merrisa Brown is a senior majoring in journalism and history. She is originally from Urbandale, Iowa, and graduated from Urbandale High School in 2000.

Brown is the president of the UI chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and has been a member since Sept. 2001. She has also been on the staff of earthwords, the UI’s undergraduate literary magazine, since Oct. 2001 and is the current editor-in-chief.

Brown has written for the SPJ Newshawk, The Daily Iowan, Iowa Journalist,, The Des Moines Register, the American Society of Newspaper Editors’ Reporter, and the Online News Association's 2003 conference Web site. She has also done Web design for Iowa Journalist,, the ASNE Reporter, and the UI Department of Microbiology.

After graduation, Brown will intern on the copy desk of the San Antonio Express-News for the summer as part of the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund program. After interning, Brown plans to find a job on the online team of a newspaper or magazine. In her spare time, she enjoys surfing the Internet, reading, watching movies, listening to music and playing with her cats, Felix and Baxter.


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