R.B. Brenner is a professor and the director of the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, a position he has held since August 2014.
Previously, he was a lecturer and the deputy director of Stanford University’s Journalism Program. He joined the faculty at Stanford in September 2010 after leaving The Washington Post, where his roles included Metro Editor, Sunday Editor, Deputy Universal News Editor and Maryland Editor. He was one of the primary editors of the newspaper’s coverage of the Virginia Tech shootings, which was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 2008, and played a leadership role in merging the digital and print newsrooms.
His reporting career started at the Winston-Salem Journal in North Carolina, followed by reporting and editing jobs in California and Florida. He has been a technical adviser for two journalism-themed films: State of Play (2009) and The Post (2017).