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Steve Coll

Steve Coll
Steve Coll, 2012
Born (1958-10-08) October 8, 1958
Washington, D.C.
Occupation Journalist, author, business executive
Nationality American
Alma mater Occidental College
Genre Biography
Notable works Ghost Wars
Notable awards Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting (1990); Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction (2005)

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Steve Coll (born October 8, 1958) is an American journalist, author, and business executive. He is currently the dean of Columbia Journalism School. He is a former president and CEO of New America Foundation, and has been a staff writer for The New Yorker.

He is the recipient of two Pulitzer Prize Awards, two Overseas Press Club Awards, a PEN American Center John Kenneth Galbraith Award, an Arthur Ross Book Award, a Livingston Award, a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, a Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award, and the Lionel Gelber Prize. In 2012, he was elected to the Pulitzer Prize Board.


  • Early life 1
  • Professional background 2
  • Honors and awards 3
  • Bibliography 4
    • Books 4.1
    • Essays and reporting 4.2
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life

Steve Coll was born on October 8, 1958, in Washington, D.C. He attended Thomas S. Wootton High School in Rockville, Maryland, graduating in 1976. He moved to Los Angeles, California, and enrolled in Occidental College, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. In 1980, he graduated cum laude with majors in English and History.

Professional background

California magazine

In 1980, following his graduation from Occidental College, Coll joined the writing staff of California magazine, eventually working on staff as a contributing editor.

The Washington Post

In 1985, he started working for the Washington Post as a general assignment feature writer for the paper's Style section. Two years later, he was promoted to serve as the financial correspondent for the newspaper, based in New York City. He and David A. Vise collaborated on a series of reports scrutinizing the Securities and Exchange Commission for which they received the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting. In 1989, he moved to New Delhi, when he was appointed as the Post's South Asia bureau chief. He served as a foreign correspondent through 1995.[1]

Coll began working for the newspaper's Sunday magazine insert in 1995, serving as publisher of the magazine from 1996 to 1998. He was promoted to managing editor of the newspaper in 1998 and served in that capacity through 2004. He was also served as an associate editor for the newspaper from late 2004 to August 2005.

The New Yorker

In September 2005, Coll joined the writing staff of The New Yorker. He is based in Washington, D.C., and reports on foreign intelligence and national security.[2]

New America Foundation

On July 23, 2007, Coll was named as the next director of the New America Foundation, a non-profit, non-partisan think tank headquartered in Washington, D.C.[3][4] He has also contributed to the New York Review of Books, particularly about the war in Afghanistan. On June 25, 2012, Coll announced his resignation as President of the New America Foundation to pen a follow up to Ghost Wars.[5]

Pulitzer Prize Board

On October 23, 2012, Coll was elected to the Pulitzer Prize Board, administered by Columbia University.[6]

Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

On March 18, 2013, Coll was announced to succeed Nick Lemann as the Dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, effective July 1, 2013.[7][8][9][10]

Honors and awards



Essays and reporting

  • Coll, Steve (November 10, 2008). "The test". The Talk of the Town. Comment.  
  • — (October 26, 2009). "War and Politics". The Talk of the Town. Comment.  
  • — (11 October 2010). "Behind Closed Doors". The Talk of the Town. Comment.  
  • — (8 November 2010). "Leaks". The Talk of the Town. Comment.  
  • — (April 4, 2011). "The Casbah Coalition". Letter from Tunis.  
  • — (March 4, 2013). "Name calling". The Talk of the Town. Comment.  
  • — (March 24, 2014). "The Senator vs. the C.I.A.". The Talk of the Town. Comment.  


  1. ^ a b "The Pulitzer Prizes | Awards". Retrieved 2013-03-17. 
  2. ^ "Contributors: Steve Coll". Retrieved 2013-03-17. 
  3. ^ Cohen, Patricia (July 23, 2007). "Journalist Chosen to Lead a Public Policy Institute". The New York Times. 
  4. ^ "Steve Coll". Retrieved 2013-03-17. 
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  6. ^ "The Pulitzer Prizes | Journalist, playwright and regional newspaper editor named to Pulitzer Prize Board". Retrieved 2013-03-17. 
  7. ^ "Steve Coll named Dean of J-School". Retrieved 2013-03-18. 
  8. ^ Kaminer, Ariel (2013-03-18). "Columbia Names New Dean for Journalism School". Retrieved 2013-03-18. 
  9. ^ Pompeo, Joe (March 22, 2013). "Steve Coll Named Dean Columbia Journalism School". Capital New York. 
  10. ^ Carr, David (April 1, 2013). "Columbia Looks Ahead in an Age of Disruption". New York Times. 
  11. ^ "Past Winners | Livingston Awards". Retrieved 2013-03-17. 
  12. ^ Award Name:  10 The Ed Cunningham Award. "The Ed Cunningham Award 2000 | Overseas Press Club of America". Retrieved 2013-03-17. 
  13. ^ Award Name:  14 The Cornelius Ryan Award. "The Cornelius Ryan Award 2004 | Overseas Press Club of America". Retrieved 2013-03-17. 
  14. ^ "The Pulitzer Prizes | Citation". 2013-03-11. Retrieved 2013-03-17. 
  15. ^ "National Book Critics Circle: 2008 NBCC Finalists Announced". 
  16. ^ Laurie Muchnick (November 3, 2012). "Steve Coll Wins FT/Goldman Prize for Exxon Mobil Study".  
  17. ^ John Williams (January 14, 2012). "National Book Critics Circle Names 2012 Award Finalists".  

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