Brett Pulley of Bloomberg News
Named New Dean of the HU Journalism School
Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey has announced that
Brett Pulley has been named dean of the HU Scripps Howard School of Journalism
and Communications. Pulley’s appointment is effective January
“The Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications has gained
a national reputation of preparing students in the ever-changing media industry.
Mr. Pulley’s vast knowledge and experience in the journalism and digital media
makes him an ideal candidate to lead the School and prepare a new generation
of communicators,” Harvey said.
Pulley, business journalist and author, currently covers the
media and entertainment
industries at Bloomberg L.P., the global information services, news and media
company. His work appears daily on the company's terminals, its website,
and inside its magazines. He is a frequent commentator on Bloomberg Television.
"I am honored to return to my alma mater and work with our dynamic
president Dr. Harvey,” Pulley said. “This is an exciting
time in the media business and an exciting
time for the Scripps Howard School of Journalism
and Communications. The faculty and administration
have been doing a terrific job of training
and placing students in the business. With
the proliferation of digital distribution
platforms now driving profound changes in
the media industry, we have a terrific challenge
and a unique opportunity to make Hampton University
one of the premier schools for journalism,
communications, and digital media innovation.
I am looking forward to leading the Scripps Howard School in this effort,
and I'm thrilled about returning with my family to Hampton University.
Formerly a senior editor at Forbes Magazine, Pulley authored many cover stories
for the magazine on topics ranging from the legendary Hollywood
to the entertainment giant, The Walt Disney Co. Prior to joining Forbes in 1999,
Pulley spent five years at The New York Times, as a national correspondent, and
as a local reporter covering politics and economic development. His work at The
Times was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Pulley also spent five
years as a correspondent
at The Wall Street Journal, where he was based in Chicago and New York, covering
the airline industry and national urban affairs.
Pulley has served as the president and chief executive officer of NewYork.com,
an internet company dedicated to tourism and entertainment. In this capacity,
he was responsible for a website with over 150,000 visitors and 500,000
page views each month, providing users with hotel and restaurant reservations,
transportation services, sightseeing tours, and tickets to concerts, Broadway
shows and sports events.
He has received numerous journalism awards, including two first place
annual prizes from the National Association of Black Journalists, one
in 1994 and another in 2002. Pulley has appeared frequently as a guest
on television, providing commentary and insight on media and entertainment
industry issues. He has made appearances on networks such as CNN, CNBC,
and MSNBC, and has been called on to discuss the finances of celebrities
on Entertainment Tonight, Showbiz Tonight, Inside Edition, Access Hollywood,
CBS’s “48 Hours,” and NBC’s “Dateline.”
A native of Washington, D.C., Pulley has a bachelor’s degree from
Hampton University, and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern
University. He is a member of the board of trustees at Hampton University,
and a member of the board of The Andre Gist Memorial Scholarship Foundation.
Pulley is the author of “The Billion Dollar BET” (John Wiley & Sons,
April 2004), a book that takes an in-depth look at Black Entertainment Television
and its founder, Robert L. Johnson. Pulley lives in South Orange, New Jersey,
with his wife, Stacey, and their two teenage daughters, Zoe and Blake.