Director Bio

Lawrence Pintak, PhD

Lawrence Pintak, PhD was founding dean of The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University and now directs the college’s International Journalism Education initiative. Pintak is an award-winning journalist, academic leader, and media development expert who has reported from four continents, and led projects in the Middle East, South Asia, Africa, and the Caucasus that support the independence and viability of journalism and journalism education. He helped found Pakistan’s Centre for Excellence in Journalism, which includes the country’s first professionally focused master’s in journalism; served as dean of the Graduate School of Media and Communication (GSMC) at Aga Khan University while on a two-year leave from WSU to help restructure and expand the program; and directed the Arab world’s leading media training center and only professionally focused graduate journalism program in the years leading up to the Arab Spring. A former CBS News Middle East correspondent, Pintak is the author of five books at the intersection of media, religion, and conflict, and was named a Fellow of the Society of Professional Journalists in 2017 for “extraordinary service to the profession of journalism” around the world. He holds a PhD in Islamic Studies. Details at

Pintak is based in Europe to be closer to Murrow’s international partners.