Bruce D. Brown

Executive Director

Bruce D. Brown became executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press in September 2012 and is of counsel in the Washington, DC office of BakerHostetler, where he had been a partner in the firm's media law practice.

He has argued press cases in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

Prior to joining BakerHostetler, Brown was a federal court reporter for Legal Times and a newsroom assistant to David Broder at The Washington Post.  Brown’s published work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The American Lawyer, The Economist, USA Today, Legal Times, Communications Lawyer, and The National Law Journal.

Brown co-directs the First Amendment Clinic at the University of Virginia Law School and is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University in its master’s program in journalism.  He is a member of the First Amendment Advisory Council of The Media Institute and a former co-chair of the Legislative Affairs Committee of the Media Law Resource Center in New York.

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

Brown and his wife, Amy B. Rifkind, an attorney specializing in commercial real estate at Arnold & Porter LLP, live in Washington, D.C., with their two children, Rebecca and Sam.