Media Rep Contact

Nick Hundley (primary)
512 471 7209

Tracy S Dahlby

Professor, School of Journalism, College of Communication

Phone: +1 512 471 6272

Tracy Dahlby joined the faculty as the holder of the Frank A. Bennack Jr. Chair in Journalism in 2006 after three decades mainly spent as a journalist specializing in international affairs. His interests at the University of Texas include examining the role and function of foreign reporting in a time of digital revolution. Dahlby spent 13 years living in Asia, where he served as Tokyo bureau chief for The Washington Post and Newsweek magazine, respectively, and became managing editor of Newsweek International in New York in 1987. As a regular contributor to National Geographic magazine between 1993 and 2002, Dahlby specialized in writing about Asia. He is the author of ALLAH'S TORCH: A Report from Behind the Scenes in Asia's War on Terror, a book about Islamic fundamentalism in Indonesia. Dahlby has also worked in documentary films for television. He was co-creator and Series Director for THE FIFTIES, an eight-hour mini-series based on author David Halberstam's best-selling history of America's signature decade that debuted on The History Channel in 1997. Dahlby won a national Sports Emmy Award for his role in producing SPORTSCENTURY, a historical series that first aired on ESPN in 1999. Since coming to UT, Dahlby has developed, among other courses, Reporting China: A Foreign Correspondent's Workshop, a month-long apprentice-style field course that acquaints students with the day-to-day realities of international reporting in a big, complex and fast-evolving beat - The People's Republic of China.


Journalism and media criticism; coverage of international affairs, including Northeast and Southeast Asia; coverage of U.S. relations with Asia.

ALLAH'S TORCH: A Report from Behind the Scenes in Asia's War on Terror