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Brett A. Pulley

Brett A. Pulley (MSJ87) was inducted into the Medill Hall of Achievement in 2019.

In April 2020, Pulley became the Atlanta bureau chief at Bloomberg. According to a press release on his new position he will cover, "global beverage icon, Coca-Cola, and a broad array of themes in a city that has become the capital of black wealth in the U.S. and the Hollywood of the South."

Previously, Pulley served as an executive vice president, director of corporate content and senior media strategist at Weber Shandwick, one of the world’s leading communications firms. He advised corporate clients and C-Suite executives on a range of issues, including marketing communications, storytelling, crisis response, and diversity and inclusion. His responsibilities included editorial content and speechwriting for senior executives, strategizing on thought leadership and media, and managing various content-related initiatives.

A veteran journalist, author and educator, prior to joining Weber Shandwick, Pulley served as dean of the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications at Hampton University in southeastern Virginia.

A longtime business and finance journalist, prior to his work at Hampton, Pulley spent three years covering the media and entertainment industries at Bloomberg L.P. where he appeared regularly on the company's wire service, website and inside Bloomberg BusinessWeek magazine. He also appeared frequently on Bloomberg Television, providing commentary and insight into media industry news. 

Formerly a senior editor at Forbes Magazine, Pulley authored many cover stories for the magazine on topics ranging from the legendary Hollywood studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, to the entertainment giant, The Walt Disney Co. Prior to joining Forbes in 1999, he 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. He also spent five years as a reporter at The Wall Street Journal. 

Pulley has received numerous journalism awards, including two first place annual prizes from the National Association of Black Journalists. He 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.