Journalism Centennial: A New Dean for the Next Century of Journalism Education

Larry AbramsonThe year was 1914. UM Dean Arthur Stone pitched a few surplus Army tents on the Oval. Little did he know he was starting one of America’s first and finest journalism schools.

One hundred years later, classes take place in the cutting-edge Don Anderson Hall, but our commitment to education remains the same. This summer, one of the top reporters in the country joined UM as the new dean of the School of Journalism.

Larry Abramson was formerly a national security correspondent for NPR in Washington, D.C. He covered the fall of the Berlin Wall, Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath and civil liberties issues after 9/11. In the 1990s, Abramson led NPR’s national desk. He also co-founded the NPR Diversity Initiative, which sought to bring more young, minority journalists to public radio.

Abramson has arrived at just the right time — the school’s Centennial. The celebration begins Homecoming weekend and continues all year. Learn more at