RB Brenner

In August, I will become the director of the School of Journalism and the G.B. Dealey Regents Professor in Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.

Currently, I am the deputy director of the Journalism Program at Stanford University, where I’ve taught since September 2010 after leaving The Washington Post. At the Post, my editing roles included Metro Editor, Sunday Editor and Deputy Universal News Editor. I 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.

At Stanford, I teach courses in public issues reporting, digital journalism, and narrative writing. I also work closely with student reporters whose work appears on the Journalism Program’s multimedia news website. 

I am affiliated with The Poynter Institute as an adjunct faculty member. Previously, I was the Eugene S. Pulliam Distinguished Visiting Professor of Journalism at DePauw University and a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin.

My career as a reporter began at the Winston-Salem Journal in North Carolina. Then I worked as a reporter and editor at newspapers in California and Florida before joining The Washington Post in 2002. I served as the journalism consultant for the film State of Play, also appearing on screen in a cameo role. I am a 1983 graduate of Oberlin College.