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Joel Brinkley

Joel Brinkley

Joel Brinkley

Hearst Visiting Professional in Residence

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Joel Brinkley is the Hearst Visiting Professional in Residence. Brinkley joined the Department of Communication in the fall of 2006 after a 23-year career with The New York Times. There, he served as a reporter, editor and Pulitzer Prize winning foreign correspondent.

At Stanford, Brinkley has been writing a weekly op-ed column on foreign affairs 2007. It  appears in dozens of newspapers and Websites in the United States and around the world each week, syndicated by Tribune Media Services. He is Politico’s foreign affairs writer, writes regularly for the World Affairs Journal and blogs for the magazine’s Website. He also maintains an active public-speaking career. His areas of research include American foreign policy and foreign affairs in general as well as the future of the nation’s newspaper industry. 

Brinkley is a native of Washington D.C., and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He began his journalism career at the Associated Press and over the following eight years worked for the Richmond (Va.) News Leader and the Louisville Courier Journal before joining the Times in 1983.

At The New York Times, Brinkley served as Washington correspondent, White House correspondent and chief of the Times Bureau in Jerusalem, Israel. He spent more than 10 years in editing positions including Projects Editor in Washington, Political Editor in New York and Investigations Editor in Washington following the September 11 attacks. He served as political writer in Baghdad during the fall of 2003. He also covered technology issues including the Microsoft anti-trust trial and was serving as foreign-policy correspondent when he left the Times in June 2006.

Over the last 30 years Brinkley has reported from 46 states and more than 50 foreign countries. He has won more than a dozen national reporting and writing awards. He won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 1980 and in the following years was twice a finalist for an investigative reporting Pulitzer (for one, as a member of a team). He was a director of the Fund for Investigative Journalism from 2001 to 2006. He’s now a director of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists.

Mr. Brinkley is the author of five books: Cambodia’s Curse: The Modern History of a Troubled Land, published by Public Affairs Books in 2011; U.S. vs. Microsoft: The Inside Story of the Landmark Case (with Steve Lohr) published by McGraw Hill in 2001; Defining Vision: The Battle for the Future of Television, published by Harcourt Brace in 1998; The Circus Master's Mission, a novel, published by Random House in 1989; The Iran-Contra Affair (with Steve Engelberg) published by Times Books in 1988.