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2009 ICOTY Awards
6th Annual

Ford Motor Company

2009 Lifetime Award Recipient — Warren Brown
Warren Brown

Warren Brown is one of the most respected and influential automotive journalists in the industry. A lively and detailed writer, his automotive reviews have provided consumers with information for nearly 30 years.

Being a veteran journalist, Warren gives readers the benefit of his wisdom and firsthand experience from behind the wheel of vehicles from around the world. His auto column "On Wheels" is ran under the shadow of the nation's capitol in the Washington Post. In addition to his column, Warren also does regular video test drives and weekly radio reports, leaving those living in or around the beltway with no excuse for not having the answers they need when buying a new car.

As a self described "Louisiana boy who loves to write and talk," the automotive industry has perfect vehicle to allow him to do just that. As well as, according to him perfect for getting into everybody's business.

A child reared in the now infamous Ninth Ward of New Orleans, Warren is a graduate from Xavier University in New Orleans with a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University in New York City. However, he didn't stop there. Warren's love for writing and commitment to social issues inspired him to add to his education with fellowships at the Duke University School of Public Policy in 1978 and at the Wharton School of Business in 1997.

Writing is Warren's only passion. His life-long fight for equality, which started in the seventh grade, has had a profound impact in where he is today. From letters written as a teenager to Louisiana Governor Davis complaining about the State's refusal to pay Black teachers over the integrations of public schools, to the book he co-authored with friend and former Washington Post colleague, Martha McNeil Hamilton, "Black and White and Read All Over: The Story of a Friendship," Warren continues to fight for equal rights.

A lover of music, Warren's taste is just as eclectic as he is. He enjoys everything from Pachabel's Canon in D Major and Handel's Water Music to Ray Charles' "I got a Woman" to his favorite musician B.B. King.

As a writer and a fighter for the things most important to him, Warren lives by the mantra, "The more you try to understand, the more you learn. You move beyond physical and social restrictions. It becomes a levee overtopped by possibilities..."

He has been married for 40 years to his wife Mary Anne, with whom he has three grown children, Warren Anthony, Binta Niambi and Kafi Drexel.

Warren Brown has done it all and ROAD & TRAVEL Magazine and our Lifetime Legend sponsor, Ford Motor Company, are thrilled and privileged to honor him with the sixth annual Lifetime Legend Award.

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