The Irish American Media Top 30


This year, some of the finest media professionals are being honored in The Irish American Media Top 30.  Here are their profiles:

Margaret Brennan

Margaret Brennan is the anchor of Bloomberg Television’s InBusiness with Margaret Brennan, which airs weekdays from 10 a.m.-noon.

Since joining Bloomberg in July 2009, Brennan hosted Bloomberg Television’s first live broadcast from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where she interviewed Saudi Finance Minister Ibrahim bin Abdul Aziz al-Assaf and former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair.  She has also reported live from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and exclusively covered the Global Irish Economic Forum in September 2009.

Previously, Brennan was a general assignment reporter for CNBC and a contributor to NBC’s Today Show, Nightly News and MSNBC.

Brennan began her business news career at CNBC in 2002 as a producer for financial news legend Louis Rukeyser.

Brennan graduated with highest distinction from the University of Virginia with a BA in Foreign Affairs and Middle East studies and a minor in Arabic language. She was named an Emmerich-Wright scholar for an outstanding thesis.

As a Fulbright-Hays Scholar, Brennan studied Arabic at Yarmouk University in Irbid, Jordan.  Brennan is a Whitehead Fellow with the Foreign Policy Association and serves on the advisory board of the Smurfit School of Business at the University College Dublin.

A third generation Irish American, Brennan’s father’s family came from Galway and Bantry Bay, and her mother’s from Sligo.

Patti Ann Browne

Patti Ann Browne was named news anchor for Fox News Channel in August 2000.

She joined Fox from MSNBC, where she hosted Weekend Morning Line, anchored weekday updates and breaking news, and reported from the field.

Before that, Browne worked at News 12 Long Island, a 24-hour cable news channel in New York. She co-anchored the channel's morning show and hosted Reporter Roundtable, a weekly news talk show.

Browne began her career at WLIM Radio on Long Island as morning news anchor. Her first television job was as anchor and news director of WLIG-TV 55, seen in New York City and Long Island, from which she went on to become an anchor/reporter for WSJV-TV in South Bend, Indiana.

Browne earned an MA summa cum laude from the New York Institute of Technology in New York, where she was a reporter for the school's news program LI News Tonight.

Browne also holds a BA from Fordham University, where she was news director, news anchor and Irish music host on Fordham's far-reaching radio station, WFUV-FM. Browne worked at Newsweek magazine throughout college.

She grew up in Bayside, New York. A second generation Irish American, Browne’s grandparents grew up in Co. Mayo.

Browne was aide to the grand marshal of the Glen Cove St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Long Island in 1997.

Browne lives in the New York City area with her husband and son.

Michael Daly

Working as a top columnist at the New York Daily News for over two decades, Michael Daly knows all about the tribes of New York Irish. His father was born outside Dublin, and his mother was a Canadian of Irish extraction.

A graduate of Yale University, Daly started journalism at Flatbush Life. He is the author of Under Ground, a novel, and The Book of Mychal: The Surprising Life and Heroic Death of Father Mychal Judge about the FDNY chaplain who died on September 11.

Daly lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two daughters.

Jim Dolan

Jim Dolan has been a reporter with Eyewitness News since 1986.

Dolan knew he wanted to be a reporter in New York before he finished grammar school.  Since then, he has reported on virtually every major story around the world -- the LA riots, the Oklahoma City bombing, civil wars and famine in Africa, the death of Princess Diana, the Persian Golf War, the War in Afghanistan, and the Intifada in the Middle East.

Though he has reported from more than 30 countries on five continents, Dolan has always had a great love for New York because there's nothing like reporting nightly on neighborhood stories close to home, and close to the heart.

Dolan is a second generation Irish American, and native New Yorker.

Dolan’s grandparents came to the U.S from Co. Cork.

Maureen Dowd

Maureen Dowd, winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary, became a columnist on The New York Times Op-Ed page in 1995 after having served as a correspondent in the paper's Washington bureau since 1986.

She has covered four presidential campaigns and served as White House correspondent. She also wrote a column, "On Washington," for The New York Times Magazine.