Joel Brinkley is the Lorry I. Lokey visiting professor in the Department of Communication, a position he assumed 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 writes a nationally syndicated op-ed column on foreign policy that appears in about 50 newspapers and Websites in the United States and around the world each week. His areas of research include American foreign policy and the future of the nation’s newspaper industry. He is also under contract to write a book about modern-day Cambodia.
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 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 26 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 was twice a finalist for an investigative reporting Pulitzer in the following years. He was a director of the Fund for Investigative Journalism from 2001 to 2006.
Mr. Brinkley is the author of three books and is at work on a fourth: The Circus Master's Mission, a novel published by Random House in 1989; Defining Vision: The Battle for the Future of Television, published by Harcourt Brace in 1998; and U.S. vs. Microsoft: The Inside Story of the Landmark Case (with Steve Lohr) published by McGraw Hill in 2001. He has contributed to several other books, including the chapter on George W. Bush in The American Presidency, published by Houghton Mifflin in 2004. He is writing the Cambodia book for Public Affairs Books.