Current Professor

Leon DeCosta Dash
CAS Professor of Journalism and Law

CAS and Swanlund Chair Professor of Journalism, Leon Dash is a Pulitzer-prize-winning author and journalist with extensive experience in both domestic and international reporting. His career at The Washington Post began in 1965 as a copy boy on the night shift while attending Howard University during the day.  He subsequently worked on the City Desk, Maryland Desk, Foreign Desk and Investigative/Projects Desk during a 32-year career as a reporter and correspondent. In March 1999, New York University’s journalism department selected Dash’s Washington Post series on an underclass family, Rosa Lee’s Story, as one of the best 100 works in 20th-century American journalism. Dash is currently engaged interviewing persons nationwide on a narrative writing project, the working theme of which is defining American moments in black and white.

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