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Steve Coll Named the Next Dean of the Columbia Journalism School

By Dennis Zhou | March 18, 2013 2:59pm
 Steve Coll has been named the next dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Steve Coll has been named the next dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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NEW YORK CITY — Pulitzer Prize-winner Steve Coll has been named the new dean of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, the school announced Monday.

Coll will succeed Nicholas Lemann, dean since 2003, beginning July 1.

“Steve Coll is one of the most experienced and respected journalists of his generation,” University President Lee Bollinger said in a statement. “Our Journalism School is thriving today because of its innovative response to these developments, and Steve’s breadth of experience as a reporter, editor, author and executive make him ideally suited to lead the School in the years ahead.”

Coll comes to the J-School after serving five years as president of the New America Foundation, a Washington public policy institute. He has also written for the Washington Post, The New Yorker and the New York Review of Books, and joined the Pulitzer Prize Board in 2012. He is the author of Pulitzer winner "Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001."

He also won a Pulitzer for explanatory reporting on the Securites and Exchange Commission.

"The Journalism School has a chance across the next decade to extend its leadership as an institution with worldwide influence, a locus of deep and serious education, a source of experimentation, and a place where great journalism is not just taught but practiced,” Coll said in a statement.

Bollinger and Coll both said they envision the Graduate School of Journalism adapting to the digital revolution and other trends in online media.