Steve Coll is the dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, a staff writer for the New Yorker magazine, and chair of the Open Society U.S. Programs board. From 2007 to 2013, he served as president of the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C. 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 to 2004. He is the author of seven books including The Deal of the Century (1986); The Taking of Getty Oil (1987); Eagle on the Street, based on a 1991 Pulitzer Prize–winning account by Coll and David A. Vise about the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission; On the Grand Trunk Road (1994); Ghost Wars (2004); The Bin Ladens (2008); and Private Empire (2012).
Coll won his second Pulitzer Prize for Ghost Wars, which also won the Council on Foreign Relations’ Arthur Ross award, the Overseas Press Club award, and the 2004 Lionel Gelber Prize for the best book published on international affairs. In 2012, Private Empire was named the Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year. Coll graduated Phi Beta Kappa, cum laude, from Occidental College in 1980 with a degree in English and history.