Tom Goldstein

Dean, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
February 1, 1998 - 12:00pm
A Conversation with Tom Goldstein

About Tom Goldstein

Tom Goldstein most recently served as the dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Prior to Columbia, Goldstein served as professor of journalism and dean of the Graduate School of Journalism of the University of California, Berkeley. Goldstein began his journalism career at his hometown newspaper, The Buffalo Evening News. During the ensuing 20 years, he worked at The New York Times as a legal reporter and business columnist: The Wall Street Journal as a real estate reporter: New York Newsday as a media writer, and Associated Press, as a reporter in the New York bureau.

In addition to writing for daily newspapers he served as editor-in-chief of Juris Doctor magazine and most recently, as a consultant on prejudicial publicity to the United States government in the Oklahoma City bombing case. From 1980-1982, he served as press secretary to New York City Mayor Edward Koch.

Goldstein is the author of three books: “The News at Any Cost,” “A Two-Faced Press,” and “The Lawyer’s Guide to Writing Well,” which he co-authored with Jethro K. Lieberman. He was also the editor “Killing the Messenger:100 Years of Press Criticism.” A 1967 graduate of Yale College, Goldstein earned a master of journalism (1969) and a law degree (1971) from Columbia University.