Looking Back and Thinking Ahead on Journalism, Objectivity, and the Middle East
In this talk, Bronner reflects on his years as the New York Times bureau chief in Jerusalem. He examines the challenges of journalism in a politically heated environment, and discusses the controversy that emerged when his son signed up for the Israeli military. He also examines shifts in Israeli society and how the uprisings in the Arab world are affecting Israel and the possibility of coexistence with the Palestinians.
Ethan Bronner is a senior editor at Bloomberg News where he edits and writes investigative and analytic articles dealing mostly with international affairs. Currently, he heads a group devoted to monitoring and investigating Trump family businesses.
He joined Bloomberg after 17 years at The New York Times, most recently as deputy national editor. From 2008 to 2012 he was the Times' Jerusalem bureau chief, following four years as its deputy foreign editor. Bronner also served as assistant editorial page editor of the Times, and before that worked in the paper's investigative unit, focusing on the September 11 attacks. A series of articles on al Qaeda that Bronner helped edit during that time was awarded the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism.
He was the paper's education editor from 1999 to 2001 and its national education correspondent from 1997 to 1999.
Bronner, a graduate of Wesleyan University's College of Letters and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, began his career at Reuters in 1980, reporting from London, Madrid, Brussels and Jerusalem.
He worked for The Boston Globe from 1985 until 1997, where he started on general assignment and urban affairs. He went on to be the paper's Supreme Court and legal affairs correspondent in Washington, D.C. and then its Middle East correspondent, based in Jerusalem.
Bronner is the author of Battle for Justice: How the Bork Nomination Shook America (Norton, 1989), which was chosen by The New York Public Library as one of the 25 best books of 1989.