A Century of Stories

Marguerite Higgins
Marguerite Higgins reports from the Korean War for the New York Herald Tribune in 1950. Photo: Bettman / Corbis

Columbia Journalism School, founded in 1913, celebrated its centennial this year by gathering together one hundred extraordinary stories written by alumni. The articles, which can be found on the school’s website, start in 1915 with a report from the frontlines of World War I and end with an innovative Kickstarter-funded 2012 project on kidney disease.

Included are stories by Marguerite Higgins ’42JRN, whose Korean War dispatches made her the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting; Andrés Oppenheimer ’78JRN, who earned a Pulitzer for exposing the Iran-Contra Affair; and Reginald Stuart ’71JRN, whose reporting on mandatory sentencing laws for drug crimes brought national attention to the social injustices that can result.

When viewed as a whole, the articles offer a mosaic of memorable moments of the last century, from D-day to Tiananmen Square to September 11.