Professor Lawrence Pintak

Dean, Graduate School of Media and Communications

Dr. Pintak is an award-winning journalist and scholar who has reported from 18 African countries and four continents. He was the founding dean of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University (2009-2016) and previously headed the graduate journalism program at The American University in Cairo. Lawrence holds a PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

A former CBS News Middle East correspondent, Dr. Pintak's numerous books and articles focus on America's relationship with the world's Muslims and the role of the media in shaping global perceptions and government policy. His articles appear in The New York TimesForeign PolicyThe Dai​ly Beast, Vox.com and a range of other media.

He was named a Fellow of the Society of Professional Journalists in 2018 for “outstanding service to the profession of journalism," which included his role in helping modernize curricula at journalism schools in the Middle East, the Caucasus, and South Asia, where he is a founding member of the board of the Centre for Excellence in Journalism in Karachi and created the country's first professional journalism master's degree. Lawrence is an accomplished fundraiser and builder of partnerships, supervising development campaigns that have raised nearly $50 million.

Lawrence reported on the birth of modern terrorism in Beirut, the Iran-Iraq War, the Israeli invasion of Lebanon, Zimbabwe's war of independence and a variety of other stories across Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe including more than 20 wars, coups and revolutions. That reporting earned him two Overseas Press Club awards and a pair of international Emmy nominations, among others.