Lawrence Pintak is an award-winning journalist, academic leader and media development expert who has reported from four continents. He is dean of the Graduate School of Media and Communications at Aga Khan University and was previously the founding dean of The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University (2009-2016). Pintak was named a Fellow of the Society of Professional Journalists in 2017 for “an extraordinary contribution to the profession of journalism” and received the AEJMC Senior Scholar award in 2019. His 2019 book, “America & Islam,” was a finalist for the Religion News Association annual book award.

A former CBS News Middle East correspondent, Pintak been called the foremost chronicler of the interaction between Arab and Western media. His books and articles focus on America’s relationship with the Muslim world, the role of the media in shaping global perceptions and government policy, and the global challenges to press freedom.

Pintak reported on the birth of modern suicide bombing and the rise of Hezbollah in Beirut, the Iran-Iraq War, the Israeli invasion of Lebanon and a variety of other stories across the Middle East. His career extends from the Carter White House to the Indonesian revolution, the Armenian-Azerbaijan conflict to Zimbabwe’s independence war. He has won two Overseas Press Club awards and was twice nominated for international Emmys.

In the years leading up to the Arab Spring, Pintak directed what was then the largest journalism training center in the Middle East, where he founded the online journal Arab Media & Society, and more recently helped develop Karachi’s Centre for Excellence in Journalism. He has also advised journalism schools in the Caucasus, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf, and Pakistan, where he developed the first professional journalism graduate degree.

His work appears in The New York Times,,,, and a variety of other publications and he is frequently interviewed by NPR, CNN, Al Jazeera, the BBC and news organizations around the world.

Pintak is the author of five books, including America & Islam: Soundbites, Suicide Bombs and the Road to Donald Trump (2019), which was a finalist for the 2020 Religion News Association book award; Islam for Journalists (co-editor, 2014); The New Arab Journalist (2011); Reflections in a Bloodshot Lens: America, Islam & the War of Ideas (2006); Seeds of Hate: How America’s Flawed Middle East Policy Ignited the Jihad (2003); and Beirut Outtakes (1988). He holds a PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Wales and is a non-resident scholar at the Middle East Institute.

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  1. Hi, there.

    My husband and I both work at Joe’s in Chicago. He was your bartender, Staats. I’m a waitress. So… We’re sitting at home, after work, discussing our evenings. He told me that nothing much had happened, aside from meeting a “really cool journalist from NJ.” I had to laugh, as I looked up yout bio (crazy Internet). Thanks for taking the time to engage Staats. Scintillating conversation is lacking, at moments! I hope you come back to visit but, if not, I wish you safe travels and adventure.

    With regards,
    Liz Abrams

    Ps-Staats doesn’t know how to email, so I wrote this for him.

    1. It was great to meet him. I’m in Pakistan at the moment, but I’m sure I’ll be back through Chicago at some point and will certainly stop back in at Joe’s — and hopefully meet you as well.

  2. The cliche is “Hindsight is 20/20.” The present situation is horrific. What is your take on the explanation that the events of the last twenty five years were designed to do one thing, that is run, up the price of oil over one hundred dollars a barrel?
    Hence the commercial banks loaned the money to develop Bakken. North America has at least one hundred years of light crude, the Saudi’s have a hundred year extension on their production.
    What do you think? Curt leslie 2016-08-13

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