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Jean Brown, was 'senior reporter' on WKBW-TV Dec. 5, 1916 -- July 26, 2007

Jean Brown, who made periodic appearances as the "senior reporter" on WKBW-TV's noon newscast from 1988 to 1996, died Thursday in Lockport Memorial Hospital. She was 90.

She was born Jean McPhee in Glasgow, Scotland. At age 4, she moved with her family to Toronto, where she was raised. She moved to Western New York as an adult.

She and her husband, Clyde N., were married for 24 years. He died in the 1970s.

Mrs. Brown worked for many years as a bookkeeper for Sutherland Office Supplies in downtown Buffalo until she retired in the mid-1980s.

According to Mrs. Brown's sister-in-law, Jeanne Burns, it was around that time that officials at WKBW-TV, became acquainted with Mrs. Brown through her active involvement at the Amherst Senior Center. She was very knowledgeable on issues relating to senior citizens, which impressed station officials, Mrs. Burns said.

"Also, she spoke slowly and distinctively, which made it easy for the seniors to hear and understand her," Mrs. Burns said. "She was quite pleased with her second career."

Mrs. Brown was a 25-year resident of the Presbyterian Village Apartments in Amherst. A year and a half ago, she moved to the Lockport Presbyterian Home, which she praised in a Buffalo News article that was published July 15.

"I'm very content," [Mrs. Brown] said. "I was in the Presbyterian Apartments in Williamsville, and I was there 25 years. So when it was time for me to get some assisted living, I knew about this place, and I came here, and I think I made a good choice. . . ."

Mrs. Brown was a member of Sirius Chapter 301, Order of Eastern Star.

Services will be private.


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