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Nicholas Lemann

Nicholas Lemann began his journalism career as a writer for a New Orleans newspaper, the Vieux Carre Courier. He graduated from Harvard College, where he studied American history and literature. After graduation, he worked at The Washington Monthly, The Texas Monthly, The Washington Post, The Atlantic Monthly, and The New Yorker. From 2003-2013, Lemann was dean of Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. During this time, the Journalism School launched and completed its first capital fundraising campaign, added 20 members to its full-time faculty, built a student center and a digital media center, started two new professional degree programs, and launched new initiatives in investigative reporting, digital journalism, executive leadership for news organizations, and other areas. In 2013, returned to the Journalism School’s faculty. Lemann is a staff writer for The New Yorker. He has published five books, most recently “Redemption: The Last Battle of the Civil War” (2006). He has written for such publications as The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, The New Republic, and Slate; and worked in documentary television with Blackside, Inc., “FRONTLINE,” the Discovery Channel, and the BBC. He was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2010.