Classroom becomes a newsroom
When the spirit moves, I write
Another day at the office
From The Washington Post to Stanford University
After three decades of reporting and editing for U.S. newspapers, I'm teaching the next generation of journalists.
Public Issues Reporting
R.B. Brenner is the Deputy Director of the Journalism Program at Stanford University. He came to Stanford in September 2010 from The Washington Post, where he held several senior editing positions — including Metro Editor, Sunday Editor and Deputy Universal News Editor. He was one of the primary editors of The Post‘s coverage of the Virginia Tech shootings, which was awarded a Pulitzer Prize, and played a major role in merging the digital and print newsrooms.
As a Lecturer in Stanford’s Department of Communication, he teaches courses in public issues reporting, digital journalism and narrative, long-form writing. He also works closely with students and other faculty to publish The Peninsula Press, the Graduate Journalism Program’s multimedia news website.
He is affiliated with The Poynter Institute
as an adjunct faculty member. Previously, he was the Eugene S. Pulliam Distinguished Visiting Professor of Journalism at DePauw University and a Journalist in Residence at the University of Texas at Austin, which honored him with the DeWitt Carter Reddick Award
R.B. began his reporting career at the Winston-Salem Journal in North Carolina and then worked as a reporter and editor at newspapers in California and Florida before joining The Washington Post. He earned a BA in Government from Oberlin College.
He worked with actors Russell Crowe, Helen Mirren and Rachel McAdams as the journalism consultant for the film State of Play, in which he has a cameo speaking role.