Bruce D. Brown

Executive Director

Bruce D. Brown, a former journalist and partner in the Washington office of Baker & Hostetler, became executive director of the Reporterss Committee for Freedom of the Press in September 2012.

He is a lecturer at the University of Virginia Law School, co-directing its First Amendment Clinic, and a former adjunct faculty member in Georgetown University’s master’s program in professional studies in journalism.

Brown has been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Economist, USA Today, and The National Law Journal, among other publications.

Prior to joining Baker & Hostetler, Brown worked as a federal court reporter for Legal Times and as a newsroom assistant to David Broder at The Washington Post.

He has worked closely with the Society of Professional Journalists on freedom of information issues and has been co-chair of the Legislative Affairs Committee of the New York-based Media Law Resource Center. Washingtonian magazine named him one of Washington’s top media and First Amendment lawyers.

Brown received a J.D. from Yale Law School, earned a master’s in English Literature from Harvard University, where he was a Mellon Fellow in the Humanities, and a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Stanford University.

Brown and his wife, Amy B. Rifkind, an attorney at Arnold & Porter, live in Washington with their two children. 

Admitted to practice in D.C.