Brett A. Pulley

Brett A. Pulley

Brett A. Pulley

Brett A. Pulley, a journalist and author, is dean of the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications at Hampton University, a 144-year-old historically black college in southeastern Virginia, with nearly 6,000 students.

Prior to becoming dean at Hampton, he spent three years covering the media and entertainment industries at Bloomberg L.P., the global information services, news and digital media company. His work there appeared regularly on the company's wire service and 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, Mr. 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, Mr. Pulley 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. Mr. Pulley also spent five years as a correspondent at The Wall Street Journal, where he was based in Chicago and New York, covering the airline industry and national urban affairs.

Mr. Pulley has served as the president and chief executive officer of, an internet company dedicated to tourism and entertainment. In this capacity, he was responsible for a website with over 150,000 visitors and 500,000 page views each month, providing users with hotel and restaurant reservations, transportation services, sightseeing tours, and tickets to concerts, Broadway shows and sports events.

He has received numerous journalism awards, including two first place annual prizes from the National Association of Black Journalists, one in 1994 and another in 2002. Mr. Pulley has appeared frequently as a guest on television programs, providing commentary and insight on media and entertainment industry issues. He has made appearances on networks such as CNN, CNBC, and MSNBC, and has been called on to discuss the finances of celebrities on Entertainment Tonight, Showbiz Tonight, Inside Edition, Access Hollywood, CBS’s “48 Hours,” and NBC’s “Dateline.”

A native of Washington, D.C., Mr. Pulley has a bachelor’s degree from Hampton University, and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. He served for many years as a member of the board of trustees at Hampton University, and is a member of the board of The Andre Gist Memorial Scholarship Foundation.

Mr. Pulley 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. Mr. Pulley lives in Hampton, Virginia, with his wife, Stacey, and their two teenage daughters, Zoe and Blake.