Pulitzer-Prize Winning Journalist Steve Coll Coming to LSU Law, April 16


Steve Coll, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winning author and noted journalist, will be the featured speaker at two LSU Law Center events slated for Friday, April 16. Coll is the author of numerous books, including Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan and Bin Laden, and most recently, The Bin Ladens: Arabian Family in the American Century.

His has been invited to speak as part of the Law Center’s commemoration of the 150-year Sesquicentennial Celebration of the founding of LSU. Two events are scheduled. Mr. Coll will speak to students at 1 p.m. in the Law Center’s second floor Student Lounge. He will also speak to members of the Law Center’s Chancellor’s Council in the evening.

Steve Coll is president and CEO of New America Foundation and a staff writer at The New Yorker magazine. Previously, he spent 20 years as a foreign correspondent and senior editor at The Washington Post, serving as the paper’s managing editor from 1998-2004. He is the author of six books, including most recently, The Bin Ladens (2008); Ghost Wars (2004); On the Grand Trunk Road: A Journey into South Asia (1994); Eagle on the Street, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning account of the SEC’s battle with Wall Street (with David A. Vise, 1991); The Taking of Getty Oil (1987); and The Deal of the Century: The Break Up of AT&T (1986).

Mr. Coll’s professional awards include two Pulitzer Prizes. He won the first of these in 1990 for explanatory journalism in his series about the SEC, with David A. Vise. He was awarded his second in 2005 for Ghost Wars, honored in the general nonfiction category. Ghost Wars also won the Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross award; the Overseas Press Club award; and the Lionel Gelber Prize for the best book published on international affairs during 2004. Other awards include the 1992 Livingston Award for outstanding foreign reporting; the 2000 Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Award for his coverage of the civil war in Sierra Leone; and a second Overseas Press Club Award for international magazine writing.

Mr. Coll graduated Phi Beta Kappa, cum laude, from Occidental College in 1980 with a degree in English and history. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Steve Coll Biography (pdf)

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