Lawrence Pintak is the author of America & Islam: Soundbites, Suicide Bombs and the Road to Donald Trump (Bloomsbury/I.B. Tauris, June 2019), The New Arab Journalist (2011), and four other books on the intersection of media, perception and U.S. policy toward the Muslim world. He has been called the foremost chronicler of the interaction between Arab and Western media and was named a “Fellow of the Society” by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) in 2017 for his “extraordinary contribution to the profession” of journalism.
A former CBS News Middle East correspondent, Pintak reported on the birth of modern suicide bombing and the rise of anti-American terrorism 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, Armenia to Zimbabwe. He has won two Overseas Press Club awards and was twice nominated for international Emmys.
Pintak was the founding dean of The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University (2009-2016), was one of the founders of the Centre for Excellence in Journalism in Karachi, and served as director of the Kamal Adham Center for Journalism at The American University in Cairo. He is currently a non-resident senior scholar at the Middle East Institute, a professor of Communication at Washington State University, and is a frequent contributor to publications such ForeignPolicy.com, The New York Times, The Daily Beast, Vox.com, Axios.com, and other media outlets.
Pintak holds a PhD in Islamic Studies (Univ. of Wales, Trinity Saint David). Twitter @Lpintak. Website: Pintak.com.