Stephen Buckley has been in and around journalism as a reporter, editor, and teacher for more than 25 years. He began his career with The Washington Post, where he spent 12 years as a local reporter and foreign correspondent, based in Nairobi and Rio de Janeiro. He then spent nearly a decade at the St. Petersburg Times (now Tampa Bay Times) in Florida, where he was a national reporter, assistant managing editor, managing editor, and digital publisher. Then he moved to The Poynter Institute, where he served as dean of the faculty for four and a half years.
Stephen has served four times as a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes, and he was a regional judge for the Livingston Awards for Young Journalists for three years. He also has taught at National Writers Workshops and at the Nieman Narrative Conference at Harvard University, and has conducted writing and leadership training for journalists throughout the United States, in the Caribbean, East Africa, and South Africa.
Stephen has won the InterAction Award for Humanitarian Reporting and the international reporting award given by the National Association of Black Journalists, and was a finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists. In 2002, the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors named him the state’s best reporter.
He joined the Aga Khan University Graduate School of Media and Communications in June 2015.