Joel Brinkley, 2012-14 education chair
Tribune Media Services
Joel Brinkley is the Hearst Professional in Residence for the journalism program at Stanford University, a position he assumed in 2006 after a 23-year career with The New York Times. There he served as a reporter, editor and foreign correspondent. (Biography abridged from TMS)
Brinkley writes a weekly op-ed column on foreign policy for Tribune Media Services. He is a native of Washington, D.C., and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Brinkley began his career with The Associated Press then moved to the Richmond (Va.) News Leader. At the Louisville Courier-Journal, he served as a reporter, special projects writer and city editor. In fall 1979 he traveled to Cambodia to cover the fall of the Pol Pot regime and the resulting refugee crisis. For his articles, he won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 1980.
Brinkley joined the Times in 1983. Brinkley has worked in 46 states and more than 50 foreign countries. He has won more than a dozen national reporting and writing awards, including a George Polk Award for national reporting. He served as a director for the Fund for Investigative Journalism for five years. Brinkley is the author of several books, including a novel.