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Steve Coll

Columbia University
Dean of Columbia Journalism School
New York, USA
Steve Coll, Dean of Columbia Journalism School since 2013, is a staff writer at the New Yorker,
the author of eight books of nonfiction, and a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Between
1985 and 2005, he was a reporter, foreign correspondent and senior editor at the Washington
Post. There he covered Wall Street, served as the paper’s South Asia correspondent, and was the Post’s first international investigative correspondent, based in London. While at the Post, Coll
won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on the Securities and Exchange Commission. He served as
managing editor of the Post between 1998 and 2004.

In 2005, he joined The New Yorker, where he continues to write on international politics,
American politics and national security, intelligence controversies and the media.

Coll is the author of eight books, including Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA,
Afghanistan and Bin Laden, the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Bin Ladens: An Arabian Family in
the American Century. His book Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power, won the
Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Award as the best business book of 2012. His latest book
Directorate S, a follow-up to Ghost Wars, was published in February 2018.

Coll also served as president of the New America Foundation, a public-policy institute in
Washington, D.C., between 2007 and 2012 before joining Columbia University as Dean of the
Journalism School.