| March 18
March 18 Steve Coll, a two-time Pulitzer Prize
winner and former managing editor of the Washington Post, was
appointed the new dean of Columbia University's journalism
school on Monday.
Coll has written seven books, on topics as diverse as the
Central Intelligence Agency and ExxonMobil, and spent decades
in print journalism as a feature writer, foreign correspondent
and senior editor.
He will take the helm of the Columbia Graduate School of
Journalism on July 1, replacing Nicholas Lemann, who is stepping
down after ten years in the post.
Like many journalism schools, Columbia has revamped its
curriculum to adapt to an era in which print is no longer
paramount. In recent years, the school has launched programs
focused on digital reporting and new media and created a dual
degree program in computer science and journalism.
Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger said Coll was
"ideally suited" to continue to push the school in new
directions. In a statement, Coll said he was looking forward to
the task: "We're only beginning to learn what great journalism
in new media will look like," he said, "and how to teach,
strengthen and inspire journalists in what is increasingly a
Coll has most recently been employed as president of The New
America Foundation, a public policy institute in Washington,
D.C. His books include "Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the
CIA, Afghanistan and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to
September 10, 2001" and "Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American
(Reporting by Stephanie Simon; editing by Andrew Hay)