Author and journalist Nicholas Lemann has accepted an offer to become dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, subject to the approval of the New York-based university’s trustees.
Last fall, Lemann was among a group of prominent media and academic figures invited to participate in a task force to explore the future role of journalism education in the modern world. The task force was assembled by Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger, who announced Lemann’s acceptance of the dean’s position in a press release Tuesday.
Lemann would succeed Tom Goldstein, who stepped down as dean at the end of the last academic year. The post has been vacant since then, with David Klatell serving as interim dean.
The prospective j-school dean has been the Washington correspondent for The New Yorker since 2000. He is the author of several critically acclaimed books.
Before joining The New Yorker, Lemann spent 15 years as the national correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly.
Previously, he held senior editorial posts at both The Washington Monthly and Texas Monthly, and he was a member of the national staff of The Washington Post.
A New Orleans native, Lemann began his journalism career as a 17-year-old high-school student writing for a local newspaper.