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.

Karachi Violence
8:28 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Violence In Karachi Shaped By Crime, Targeted Killings

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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Press Freedom in Pakistan
7:32 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Pakistani Journalists Face Censorship, Threats

Lawrence Pintak, founding dean of The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at WSU.
Credit Courtesy of Lawrence Pintak

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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Pintak From Islamabad
6:16 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

How Nepalese Earthquake Affects Orphans

An injured child lies on the ground outside the Medicare Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal, Saturday, April 25, 2015. A strong magnitude-7.9 earthquake shook Nepal's capital and the densely populated Kathmandu Valley before noon Saturday.
Credit Niranjan Shrestha / Associated Press

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.

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“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.

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Pintak From Islamabad
6:59 am
Mon April 27, 2015

In Pakistan, All Eyes On Nepal After Quake

An aerial view of tents setup by residents in Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday, April 27, 2015. Shelter, fuel, food, medicine, power, news, workers — Nepal's earthquake-hit capital was short on everything Monday as its people searched for lost loved ones, sorted through rubble for their belongings and struggled to provide for their families' needs.
Credit 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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Journalistic Credibility
5:17 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

The Reporter And The Anchor: A Parable Of The Digital Age

Dr. Lawrence Pintak, the founding dean of The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication--and a former war correspondent--takes a look at journalism today.
Credit Courtesy of Lawrence Pintak

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.

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Georgia Struggle
6:31 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Georgia's Struggle During Crisis in Ukraine

Dr. Lawrence Pintak, Founding Dean of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University.

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.

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Commentaries
1:44 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Words Matter: Exploiting American Values in the Name of Extremism

Dr. Lawrence Pintak, Founding Dean of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University.

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.

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Pintak Commentaries
6:01 am
Fri February 17, 2012

Indonesia's Lesson for Egypt: Lawrence Pintak

Dr. Lawrence Pintak, Founding Dean of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University.

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.

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