Dara Brown

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Dara Brown
Dara Evans Brown

1964/1965 (age 55–56)[1]
EducationNew York University
OccupationNews anchor
Years active2000–present
Notable credit(s)
Early Today
Substitute Anchor (2006–present)
First Look
Host (2006–present)
Spouse(s)Matthew Schmid (divorced)
Parent(s)Karen Peterson Brown
David E. Brown
Family1 son Hayden, 1 daughter Victoria

Dara Brown is a news anchor and senior producer for MSNBC.com. In 2006, she became an alternating host of Early Today on NBC and First Look on MSNBC.[2]


Born Dara Evans Brown, she is the daughter of Karen (née Peterson) and David E. Brown. Dara has a son named Hayden, and a daughter named Victoria.[1] As a child, Brown starred as the title character in the first national tour of the musical Annie.[3] Brown graduated in 1983 from Wall High School in Wall Township, New Jersey.[4] She is a graduate of New York University.[1]

In 1999, she married Matthew Schmid in a Lutheran ceremony in Manasquan, New Jersey.[1] The pair divorced in 2014.


  1. ^ a b c d "Dara Brown, Matthew Schmid". The New York Times. October 10, 1999. The bride, 34, will continue to use her name professionally
  2. ^ "Dara Brown - Meet the faces of MSNBC". msnbc.com. Retrieved 1 September 2009.
  3. ^ "Dara Brown". broadwayworld.com. Retrieved 1 September 2009.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Wall's Crimson Knight Foundation to Postpone 2nd Annual Awards Gala", Crimson Kinghts Foundation, press release dated March 14, 2020. "Our Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, Dara Brown (Wall Class of 1983) is an NBC News anchor for breaking news and weekend coverage on MSNBC."