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.
Previously, he was the deputy director of Stanford University’s Journalism Program and taught courses in public issues reporting, digital journalism and narrative writing.
He joined the faculty at Stanford in September 2010 after leaving The Washington Post, where his roles included Metropolitan Editor, Sunday Editor and Deputy Universal News Editor. He was one of the primary editors of the newspaper’s coverage of the Virginia Tech shootings, which was awarded a Pulitzer Prize, and played a leadership role in merging the digital and print newsrooms.
He was the Eugene S. Pulliam visiting professor of journalism at DePauw University in spring of 2011 and a visiting lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin in spring of 2009, and also has been affiliated with The Poynter Institute (ethics fellow in 2001 and adjunct faculty member in 2013).
His reporting career started at the Winston-Salem Journal in North Carolina, followed by reporting and editing jobs at newspapers in California and Florida. While at The Washington Post, R.B. served as the journalism consultant for the film State of Play, appearing on screen in a cameo role. He is a graduate of Oberlin College.