Todd Brewster is a veteran journalist who has worked in TV, print and digital media. From 1983 to 1993, he was a writer and an editor at Time Inc., for which he reported on national politics and, in the early 1990s, on the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe. From 1994 to 2003, he was senior editorial producer at ABC News, where he worked on longform documentaries and co-authored two bestselling books with the late Peter Jennings: The Century and In Search of America.
Brewster is a graduate of Indiana University, was Knight Fellow at Yale Law School, and has served as visiting professor at both Wesleyan University and Western Connecticut State University. He was the founding director of the Peter Jennings Project for Journalists and the Constitution, a National Constitution Center project. He was also founding director of the Center for Oral History at the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he held the Don E. Ackerman Chair in Oral History from 2008 to 2014. For his work at West Point, he was awarded the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal. Most recently, Brewster published Lincoln’s Gamble: The Tumultuous Six Months That Gave America the Emancipation Proclamation and Changed the Course of the Civil War (Scribner).
Brewster will teach History of Electronic Media, Journalism and the Law, and Law and Ethics of Digital Media at Temple. In the spring 2017 semester, he will introduce a special course timed for the arrival of the nation’s 45th chief executive: The Press and the Presidency.