Brown studied history and literature at The American University and graduate studies in journalism at the University of Minnesota before becoming a journalist. He covered crime across New Mexico, politics in South Florida, the White House and Capitol Hill in Washington, and food, agriculture and sex across the Rocky Mountain West for a decade for The Denver Post. In 2008, he published a memoir with Random House. Since 2013, he has run a PR and content agency, Campfire Content, working with a wide range of clients in fields including law, food, cannabis, data analytics, medicine, and technology.
Douglas lives in Boulder with his wife Annie, and has two daughters. He spends as much time on Colorado trails as possible.