“Writing is exploration; you start from nothing and learn as you go.” — E.L. Doctorow

During the second grade, Adrian Brune took her first step towards a life in journalism by tying a string around her Kodak Instant camera, sticking a notebook in her back pocket and cruising the streets in the backseat of her mother’s 1982 Buick Skylark, looking for the latest sensation to hit the bedroom community of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Since then, Brune has never looked back...

Brune has reported and written hundreds of freelance newspaper, magazine and website articles – from pitch to print – for publications, such as Foreign Affairs, the New Yorker, The Guardian and the New York Times on variety of topics, including global affairs, social justice, the United Nations, human rights and culture. She has authored magazine cover stories for the Chicago Tribune Magazine, the Boston Globe Magazine and The Nation. In 2007, Brune embarked on a career in international relations, first as a press officer at the United Nations, where she covered high-level meetings and produced press releases and articles for the 2007, 2013 and 2015 General Assemblies, and in 2014 and 2016 as an associate editor for the UN Yearbook, for which she produced the 2011 and 2012 chapters on the Middle East and the 2012 chapter on Social Development. As a press officer, Brune has written communications material in all forms – from blogs to website copy to speeches to 15-page brochures – for such organizations as the UNICEF, Human Rights Watch, the Doha-based Qatar Foundation, the International Legal Foundation, Action Contre Le Faim (ACF), and Rehabilitation International, a 95-year-old international disability-rights NGO.

Brune began her professional journalism career as a staff writer at the Washington Blade – a highly respected LGBT newspaper in Washington, D.C. – followed by a stint at as the education reporter for Annapolis Capital in Annapolis, Maryland. In both positions, Brune broke national stories to the New York Times and the Washington Post. Brune holds a BS in Journalism from Northwestern University and a MS in Journalism from Columbia University. She will receive a MA in Global Diplomacy from SOAS, the University of London in 2019. Brune is a member of PEN America, the Society of Professional Journalists, Associated Reporters Abroad, the United States Tennis Association and the Paragon Run Club. 


I have authored stories – from pitch to print – for international publications on international development, human rights and global culture. Some highlights of my career include regular stories for the New Yorker, The Guardian (UK), the New York Times, Hartford Courant, the Huffington Post and magazine cover stories for The Nation, the Chicago Tribune Magazine the Boston Globe Magazine and American Lawyer. 

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Besides working as a freelance journalist, I have worked as an Associate Editor for the United Nations Yearbook, for which I wrote the chapter on the Middle East, and a contract press officer for the UN Department of Public Information, where I covered high-level diplomatic meetings for the UN Secretariat website. I have also held contract communications positions for Save the Children, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, the Doha-based Qatar Foundation, the International Legal Foundation and Action Contre La Faim (US). 

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