Posted by Arab American Institute on March 22, 2017 in Blog
Mr. Coll began his career as a general assignment feature writer for the Style section of the Washington Post in 1985. Since then he has reported from frontlines across the globe, covering corruption in South Asia; big oil’s influence on American policy; and the political developments in Afghanistan over the past quarter century. In 1990, he earned his first Pulitzer while working as the Post’s financial correspondent on Wall Street for a series on the Securities and Exchange Commission.
His exhaustive reporting led to the Post selecting him to serve as their first international investigative correspondent, based in London. Mr. Coll’s work with the paper later took him to New Delhi as their South Asia Bureau Chief while covering the rise of India’s political and economic power, and the violence and corruption spreading throughout the region. In 1998 he was appointed managing editor of the Washington Post, where he served until 2004.
A prolific writer, Mr. Coll is the author of seven books that have become indispensable resources that charted the rise of some of the most formidable institutions and figures that have shaped America. His book Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 earned him a second Pulitzer in 2005 for its sharp examination of the U.S. intelligence community’s dealings in Afghanistan. Coll’s narrative went further and deeper than any other previous account of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan and deepened the American public’s understanding of the events that led to September 11th. His work has helped to re-center the public discourse around the U.S. foreign policy and intelligence failures following the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
Mr. Coll is currently the Dean of the Columbia University School of Journalism and the Henry R. Luce Professor of Journalism. As a staff writer at the New Yorker, he writes on a number of issues ranging from national politics to foreign intelligence and national security. A long-time friend and colleague of Anthony Shadid, his and Anthony’s shared passion for telling stories that often go untold—both in the Middle East and around the world—is apparent in their deeply humanizing work. Steve Coll’s intellectual courage and penetrating journalism is why we are proud to award him with the Anthony Shadid Award for Excellence in Journalism.
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Launched in 1999 by the Arab American Institute Foundation, the Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards is AAIF’s only annual fundraiser. Proceeds support the many projects—including scholarships, leadership training, and educational programs—of the foundation.