Journalist and educator Lawrence Pintak has been named the founding dean of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University. He will begin his new position on Aug. 17.
A veteran with more than 30 years of experience in journalism across four continents, Pintak has contributed to many of the world’s leading news organizations.
Pintak began his career as a young reporter covering the White House and Capitol Hill for The Associated Press Radio. He later worked as a stringer in Africa for The Times of London, Newsweek, CBS Radio, and other news agencies.
As the CBS News Middle East correspondent during the 1980s, he covered the Iran–Iraq War, the Israeli invasion of Lebanon, the rise of Hezbollah, and the birth of suicide bombing — including the 1983 destruction of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut.
Pintak holds a doctorate in Islamic studies and has written extensively on Buddhism and Eastern religions.