R.B. Brenner, journalist
R.B. Brenner is the director of the School of Journalism and the G.B. Dealey Regents Professor in 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 Metropolitan 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. A graduate of Oberlin College, he was a Poynter Institute Ethics Fellow and served as the journalism consultant for the 2009 film State of Play.