Robert Tinsley

Senior Director, Proposal Development

Robert Tinsley helps to develop ideas for impactful ICFJ programs, writes grant proposals and oversees their submission. Because of his educational background and interests, Tinsley also directs several ICFJ programs for media professionals from the former Soviet Union. Previously, he was responsible for the operation and editing of ICFJ's web-based International Journalists' Network (IJNet).

Before coming to ICFJ, Tinsley worked as a copy editor and night editor on the international desk at The Washington Post, and he was a senior copy editor on the universal desk at The Dallas Morning News.

Tinsley's role at ICFJ allows him to combine his interests in journalism as well as in the countries of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

He holds a master of arts degree in Russian and East European Studies from Yale University and a bachelor of sciences in journalism from the University of Kansas' William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

As an undergraduate student at Kansas, Tinsley also participated in an exchange program with Warsaw University in Poland. He is proficient in Polish and Russian and speaks conversational Spanish. He can be reached at