R.B. Brenner Faculty»
For three decades, R.B. Brenner spent most of his waking hours in newsrooms. He held several top editing positions at The Washington Post, including Sunday Editor, Metro Editor and Deputy Universal News Editor. He was one of the primary editors of the Post’s coverage of the Virginia Tech shootings, awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 2008.
R.B. started teaching at Stanford University in September 2010. Along with other faculty, he helped students in the Graduate Journalism Program launch the Peninsula Press, a multimedia news website covering Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.
He has been an Ethics Fellow at The Poynter Institute for Media Studies, the Eugene S. Pulliam Distinguished Visiting Professor of Journalism at DePauw University and a journalist in residence at the University of Texas at Austin. 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 role.
He began his reporting career at the Winston-Salem Journal in North Carolina and then moved to California to work at theSan Diego Union-Tribune – first as a reporter, later as a senior editor – before joining The Washington Post in 2002.