Lawrence Pintak

Dean, The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication

Dr. Lawrence Pintak is the founding dean of The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University.

He is a veteran of more than 30 years in journalism and the media business on four continents who now writes and lectures on America's relationship with the Muslim world, the role of the media in shaping global perceptions and government policy, the future of journalism in a digital/globalized world, and the responsibilities of reporters covering conflict and social injustice. 

Dr. Pintak periodically conducts The Murrow Interview, an innovative series of conversations with influential figures and newsmakers from across the United States and beyond. These interviews are broadcast on Northwest Public Radio, and the archived video interviews are available at The Murrow Interview website.

 He also gives regular news commentaries from locations around the world, heard on-air and archived below.

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The Russian airstrikes over the past week make Syria the latest potential flashpoint in the new battle for influence between Washington and Moscow. And, as Lawrence Pintak, the founding dean of The Edward R. Murrow College Communication reports from Dubai, the strikes are also likely to destroy any lingering prospect of Syria re-emerging as a viable nation for many years to come.

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The Russians are coming.

That’s the essence of headlines across the Arab world this week. And Arabs are not happy.

With America’s impending withdrawal from Afghan, Pakistanis are shifting their focus from the U.S. role in the region to their own internal problems. At the top of the list, homegrown violence that continues to wrack the nation.

This port city is Pakistan’s business and media capital. It is also one of the most violent cities in the world. To give you some sense:  the crime log in the Express Tribune newspaper the other day was sub-titled “Grenade attacks and encounters.”

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Sunday was World Press Freedom Day. Lawrence Pintak, founding dean of The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at WSU, spent the day in Pakistan, one of the most dangerous places in the world for a journalist.

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Lawrence Pintak, dean of WSU’s Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, reports from neighboring Pakistan that the earthquake creates special dangers for Nepal’s children.


“The babies are safe.” That was the good news that greeted me Saturday after a 24 hour flight from Seattle to South Asia. While I was in the air, Nepal had been devastated by the earthquake.

“The babies” were the kids at a Kathmandu orphanage where my 20-year old daughter volunteered last fall. She had planned to go back this month. Luckily she didn’t.

Altaf Qadri / Associated Press

Around the world this weekend, all eyes were on Nepal. But nowhere more so than on the Indian sub-continent. Lawrence Pintak reports from Islamabad.

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It’s not about you; it’s about the story. That’s what we tell journalism students. The tragic death of “60 Minutes” correspondent Bob Simon reminds us that even in the video selfie culture of TV news, accurate reporting matters."

Bob’s death after a lifetime covering conflict comes against the backdrop of the embarrassing spectacle of a major network television anchor caught making up war stories.

Intro:  The revolt in Ukraine is reverberating through other countries that were once part of the Soviet Union. One of those is the tiny Republic of Georgia, about one-third the size of the state of Washington.  Lawrence Pintak, a veteran foreign correspondent and dean of The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, is there and filed this report.

A look at the roots of the violence erupting in the Arab world in a commentary from Lawrence Pintak, the founding dean of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at WSU and a leading Middle East scholar.

With Egypt racked by internal turmoil, as the country's transitional military council appears determined to hold on to power, many in the West worry about the future of democracy there. Middle East expert Dr. Lawrence Pintak, founding dean of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University, is currently visiting Indonesia. He covered that country's 1998 revolution and he reflects on the lessons Indonesia holds for Egypt today.