Brown and Newsday photographer J. Conrad Williams Jr. were among those honored at the event held Tuesday at Columbia University.
After working at the Chicago Tribune, The News and Observer in Raleigh, N.C., and the Mutual Broadcasting System in Washington, D.C., Brown joined Newsday in 1983 as a minority affairs reporter. She later worked at Newsday as an editor, administrator, and as an editorial writer, before starting her feature column in 2006. At Newsday, Brown was involved in a number of noted reporting and editing projects including LI Our Story, and was a part of the team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 1984 for the "Baby Jane Doe" series.
Williams received the feature photography award at the ceremony for the 2009 summer image he captured of a young child running on a beach alongside a lifeguard's empty chair on which the words "NO LIFEGUARD ON DUTY" are boldly printed.