Hardy Brown, Founder

Hardy Brown was born in Jones County North Carolina and graduated from Jones High School in 1960. His leadership ability were noticed early in life and was selected to play quarterback an appointed captain of the varsity Football and Basketball team. Upon graduating Hardy migrated to New York and in the same year of 1960 moved to Los Angeles California. This son of a sharecropper got gainful employment at Kaiser Steel in Fontana before joining the employment of California Electric Company (now Edison) as a garage attendant chauffeur. He became the first Black to become a meter reader and customer serviceman in the company.

After seven years with this utility company he joined the management team at Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Comprehensive Health Care Program providing health care service to low income families in Fontana, Bloomington and Colton communities. Hardy held many management positions within the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Organization throughout Southern California before retiring and joining the family newspaper businesses with his wife (Cheryl) of 42 years). The Brown’s purchased the paper from the American Newspaper in 1980 and has made it require reading of the week.

As Chairman of Brown Publishing Company and co-publisher of The Black Voice News, he is responsible for providing leadership and strategic development for the current and future growth of the company. He provides research on the growth, location and economic impact of the Black community in the Inland Empire to our business and customers. He has received many awards, resolutions from many organizations and elected officials, California School Board Association, Assembly Speaker Willie Brown, NAACP, NCNW, National PTA, Masons, Hispanic Educators Association, Black Educators Association, San Bernardino Ministerial Alliance Association, but some of the most recent are, National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) publisher of the year, West Coast Black Publisher Association (WCBPA) publisher of the year and the current treasurer. He is founding president of the California Black Media Association which encompasses radio, magazines and newspapers.

He is a member of the California Newspapers Publishers Association and the New California Media organization. His love for politics has led to the recent formation of the Black Political Action Committee (Black PAC) of which he served as Treasurer.