Barbara Feinman Todd


Professor of the Practice


Department of English
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Barbara Feinman Todd is the Journalism Director in Georgetown University’s English Department where she teaches.

She is the founding associate dean of Georgetown University's MPS in Journalism program. Feinman Todd also served as co-director of the Pearl Project and is the co-author of the January, 2011 publication, "The Truth Left Behind: Inside the Kidnapping and Murder of Daniel Pearl." In 2011, she and her Pearl Project co-director, Asra Nomani, received the Washington Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists Distinguished Service Award. They also won the National Society of Professional Journalists Distinguished Teaching in Journalism Award. In 2008, she and Asra received first place in the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication's Best Practices in Teaching of Information Gathering Competition for their teaching methodology developed for the Pearl Project.

In 2009, Barbara launched Key Bridge Writers, a writing, editing, and coaching practice, drawing on her experience as a freelance editor and writer for more than two decades, assisting as ghostwriter, editor or researcher on such high profile books as Bob Woodward’s VEIL (1987), Carl Bernstein’s Loyalties (1989); former Washington Post Executive Editor Benjamin Bradlee’s A Good Life (1994); Palestinian spokesperson Hanan Ashrawi’s This Side of Peace (1995); former First Lady Hillary Clinton’s It Takes A Village (1995); and former Nebraska senator Bob Kerrey’s When I Was A Young Man (2002).

Her work has appeared in many publications including The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, The Council on Foreign Relations, Newsweek International, The Huffington Post, Glamour, Writer’s Chronicle and NPR. Her memoir, Pretend I’m Not Here, will be published by William Morrow in 2017.


  • MA (1992) Georgetown University, English
  • BA (1982) UC Berkeley, Creative Writing