Glenn Frankel is a journalist and former editor of the Washington Post Sunday magazine. He is also the author of three books: Beyond the Promised Land: Jews and Arabs on the Hard Road to a New Israel (1994), Rivonia's Children: Three Families and the Cost of Conscience in White South Africa (1999), and The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend (2013). He currently serves as the director of the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin and G.B. Dealey Regents Professor in Journalism.
Frankel graduated from Columbia University and began working as a reporter in 1973 for the Richmond Mercury (Virginia). After working for two years with the Mercury, Frankel joined the Bergen Record (New Jersey) in 1975. Frankel left to join the Washington Post in 1979, where he remained for the next 27 years, covering international and national news in a variety of capacities. Frankel was awarded the prestigious Knight Fellowship at Stanford University in 1983. Between 1983 and 1986, Frankel worked as the paper's Southern Africa bureau chief. From 1986 to 1989, Frankel served as the bureau chief in Jerusalem, where his reporting won a Pulitzer Prize. From 1989 to 1992, he worked as the London Bureau chief. After 1992, Frankel returned to the U.S. to work in the Washington Post newsroom. He served a second tour in London between 2002 and 2006. After leaving the Post, he spent four years as a visiting professor of journalism at Stanford. In 2010 he left Stanford for the University of Texas at Austin. His book on "The Searchers," John Ford's classic Western film starring John Wayne, has been praised by the New York Times, which called it "a vivid, revelatory account". Kirkus Reviews described it as "a remarkable journey...through the tangled borderland of fact and fiction, legend and myth."
Frankel's first book, Beyond the Promised Land: Jews and Arabs on the Hard Road to a New Israel received the National Jewish Book Award. His second, Rivonia's Children, was a finalist for the Alan Paton Prize, South Africa's most prestigious non-fiction literary award.
Frankel won an Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellowship in 1998 to research and write about white activists being in the struggle against apartheid and their own legacy.