Focus areas: Journalism, disinformation, propaganda, Russian affairs, international broadcasting
Thomas Kent teaches about the world information war and international journalism at the Harriman Institute. He is the former president and CEO of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, a senior fellow of the Jamestown Foundation and a specialist in Russian affairs. In a lengthy career at The Associated Press, he led AP operations in Russia and Iran, served as NATO correspondent in Brussels, and was international editor and standards editor of the AP. In 2016-18, Kent served as president and CEO of RFE/RL, based in Prague. Kent has written and spoken extensively on the geopolitics of information, propaganda, journalistic ethics and press freedom. He has addressed, in English, French, Russian and Spanish, professional forums in more than 20 countries and students of nearly 30 universities. He has twice been a member of the Pulitzer Prize jury for international reporting. Kent is a native of Shaker Heights, Ohio and holds a degree in Russian and East European Studies from Yale University.