When the media anchors experience mold - watch out! They become initiated into those who are aware of the massive health and financial problems mold can cause, forevermore.
We hope our site visitors will contact CNN and Campbell Brown to alert them to the millions of Americans being exposed and suffering dire health effects, often with no help from their physicians, and no compensation for their losses. We need a national news story on this topic that doesn't let up. Environmental illnesses are a leading cause of homelessness in America, chief among them: mold.
By Richard Huff
DAILY NEWS TV EDITOR
Thursday, February 26th 2009, 4:00 AM
CNN anchor Campbell Brown has become an expert in mold.
She's had no choice.
Just before the inauguration, and after months of struggling with her baby's unexplained illness, Campbell, her child and her husband, Dan Senor, were forced to flee their mold-ridden apartment without their belongings.
"When something like this happens," Brown told the Daily News, "you become an expert in toxic mold. But I certainly realized how fortunate that I am, in this economic climate, that we had the ability to get out. When they said, 'You need to get your baby and get out now,' we were able to get out."
She's been dealing with the housing issue - she and her family have been in a hotel since January - while anchoring a nightly show during what has been a huge news cycle. And never once did she let her problems at home infiltrate her work.
"I do think, in many ways, [work] was a diversion," she said.
Last September, her son, Eli James (now 14 months old), developed a cold that wouldn't end.
"It was crazy to me," Brown said. "The doctors couldn't figure it out. I would get home at 9:30 or 10, and he would wake himself up with these horrible coughing attacks."
But Brown noticed two days into a trip to Florida, the symptoms stopped.
Later, she spotted something on the wall of their apartment that looked odd. After some research, she was convinced it was mold - and her son was showing the symptoms of exposure.
Mold specialists confirmed her findings and had them leave. Once they were out, her son immediately got better.
"It was the not knowing - and as a mother, to know something's wrong with your child, you instinctly feel, this wasn't right," she said. "Finding out, there was a great sense of relief."
Brown joined CNN in fall 2007 after an 11-year-run with NBC. She began anchoring the nightly "Election Center." She went on maternity leave in December, and returned in March 2008 to anchor "Campbell Brown: No Bias, No Bull," a nightly, hourlong show. Like most, it became focused on the election, and now the new administration and the economy.
Airing at 8 p.m., the show faces Fox News' dominant "The O'Reilly Factor" and "Countdown" on MSNBC.
Brown said she's had to show more of herself to be competitive in the cable news field.
"You have to be willing to open yourself up a little more to find an audience," she said, "and you have to be willing to push the envelope a little bit." And she's done that on-air, while dealing with turmoil off-camera.
The couple still don't have all of their belongings back, but they expect to move into a new apartment as soon as this weekend. Brown is due with their second child in early April. Roland Martin will sub for her while she's away.
"That's the beauty of our jobs. ... you have a deadline every day," she said of balancing work and her home crisis. "Was it a challenge? On certain days, certainly. But we have a great team of people and they've been really supportive."
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I am glad this family is feeling better. Unfortunately, when one's belongings are contaminated and the family are exposed, there can be serious, long-term health effects that may linger for a lifetime. I encourage Ms. Brown to discuss these with knowledgeable experts - one is Dr. Adrienne Sprouse, of NYC (Manhatten). Visit www.schoolmoldhelp.org for more information about how toxic mold is in many of our public schools - and the children and staff are forced to remain. This is impacting the health of Americans to a profound degree. In the words of Medical Pathologist and Mold Expert, Dr. William Croft, " I believe we are at 50% (toxic mold) exposure today. Nonrecognition is the factor that allows a disease to keep advancing in society. " We desperately need national media to cover this story and stay on it till solved! There are enough solutions, information, research... but not the political will. The media can give impetus to that.