Brian Palmer is a Richmond, Virginia-based journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, Smithsonian magazine, and on The Root, BuzzFeed, PBS, and Reveal radio. He received the Peabody Award, National Association of Black Journalists Salute to Excellence Award, and the Online Journalism Award for “Monumental Lies,” a 2018 Reveal radio story about public funding for Confederate sites.
Before becoming a freelancer in 2002, Palmer served in a number of staff positions: Beijing bureau chief for U.S. News & World Report, staff writer at Fortune, and on-air correspondent at CNN. He began his career as a fact-checker for The Village Voice. In 2008, Palmer was awarded a Ford Foundation grant for Full Disclosure, a video documentary about his three media embeds in Iraq with U.S. Marines.
Palmer is currently a visiting assistant professor in the Journalism Department at the University of Richmond.
He earned his bachelor's in East Asian studies from Brown University and his master's in photography from the School of Visual Arts.