Journalist Jelani Cobb Named New Dean of Columbia Journalism School – BOTWC

He will lead the next generation well!

Journalist Jelani Cobb has been named the new dean of the Columbia School of Journalism, Colombia University reports.

Cobb holds an undergraduate degree from Howard University and a Ph.D. in Rutgers American history. A world-renowned journalist and historian, he has spent most of his career advocating for social justice, culture and civil rights. Current editor for the new yorker, Cobb offers his perspective and analysis on a range of topics, including electoral politics, policing, film and comedy. He is also the author of several books including one on the election of President Barack Obama and another on the history of hip-hop, his most recent work being an anthology of portraits of black life in America which he co-edited.

In 2016, Cobb joined Columbia as a professor and director at the Ira A. Lipman Center for Journalism and Civil and Human Rights. There he teaches a few classes, including a seminar called “Covering Race,” which dives deep into the influence of race in the United States and its impact on media and reporting. Now, Cobb has been named the next dean of Columbia’s journalism school by Columbia president Lee C. Bollinger.

“Jelani’s vision for the future of the School of Journalism is one that embraces the vital role of journalism in our society, locally and globally, and the need to ensure that our graduates are as well prepared as possible for an incredibly dynamic and changing field. . I am grateful to the members of the search committee for their painstaking and tireless work throughout this selection process – we are all delighted with this outcome and look forward to seeing how, as Dean, Jelani will shape the future of journalism education,” said President Bollinger.

Cobb’s nomination is just another achievement under his belt. As well as being a Fulbright and Ford Foundation Scholar, Cobb has also seen his work featured in prominent publications like The Washington Post, Gasoline, Atmosphereand The root. He has also been featured in USA Today and in PBS Frontline’s Peabody Award-winning documentary, “Whose Vote Counts,” in partnership with Columbia Journalism Investigations. In 2015, Cobb also received the Sidney Hillman Award for Opinion and Analytical Journalism.

He is expected to take up his new role on August 1, 2022, succeeding former Columbia journalism dean Steve Coll. Bollinger expressed his “deep gratitude” for Coll’s previous leadership.

Congratulations, Dean Cobb! Onwards and upwards!

Photo courtesy of Calla Kessler/Columbia University

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