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Brian Palmer
Visiting Assistant Professor of Journalism

Brian Palmer is a Richmond-based visual journalist and reporting fellow at Type Investigations (formerly the Investigative Fund). Before going freelance in 2002, he served in a number of staff positions—photographer and Beijing bureau chief (US News & World Report); writer (Fortune); and on-air correspondent (CNN). Palmer's articles and photos have appeared in the New York Times, the Nation, Smithsonian Magazine, and on websites such as Buzzfeed,, and With his collaborator, Seth Wessler, he received the 2018 Peabody Award for “Monumental Lies,” a story about public funding for Confederate sites, for Reveal radio. Palmer has taught at Hampton University, New York University, University of Richmond, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Baruch College (CUNY), and the School of Visual Arts (SVA). He is currently a member of the SVA board of directors. Palmer is a founding member of the Friends of East End Cemetery.

Grants and Fellowships
2014 NEH We the People Fellowship in African American History, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, for Make the Ground Talk documentary research.

2013 Virginia Foundation for the Humanities grant for Make the Ground Talk.

2010 Nation Institute journalism grant for reporting in Bangladesh.

2010 Photographer-in-residence at Objectifs Center for Photography and Filmmaking, Singapore.

2009 Fellow at the Center on Law and Security, New York University School of Law, NY.

2009 Media Fellow, Stanford University, Hoover Institution, CA.

2008 Ford Foundation Knowledge, Creativity & Freedom grant for Full Disclosure.

2007 Applied Research Center grant for Full Disclosure.
2014, 2013 Lemon Project Symposium, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, presentation of work in progress on Make the Ground Talk
Combat, Culture, Commerce, New York, NY: Visual Arts Press/Brian Palmer, 2007.
Full Disclosure, documentary, 2009
Dialogue/article in Vision Anew: The Lens and Screen Arts, Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2014 (forthcoming).
“Last Thoughts of an Iraq ‘Embed’,” Best African American Essays 2009, Gerald Early, Series Editor, Debra Dickerson, Guest Editor. New York, NY: Bantam, 2009.
Photographs and essay, “Learning China,” in China: Fifty Years Inside the People’s Republic. 
New York, NY: Aperture, 1999.
Additional Publications
On William Klein in The Education of a Photographer, Charles H. Traub, Steven Heller and Adam B. Bell, Editors. New York, NY: Allworth, 2006.
M.F.A., School of Visual Arts
B.A., Brown University
East Asian Studies
Contact Information
423 Weinstein Hall
(804) 287-6049