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R.B. Brenner

Professor and Director
School of Journalism


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. Brenner 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.

His reporting career started at the Winston-Salem Journal in North Carolinafollowed by reporting and editing jobs at newspapers in California and Florida.

Brenner has served as a technical adviser for two journalism-themed films, “State of Play” (2009) and "The Post," which is scheduled to open in theaters across the country in January 2018.