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Fred Knubel, Director of Public Information

Columbia Journalism Appoints New Faculty

The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism has appointed John Dinges of National Public Radio, LynNell Hancock of Newsweek and Joshua Mills of The New York Times to its full-time faculty, Dean Joan Konner has announced. It has also named seven new adjunct professors, including Terry Anderson, former Middle East bureau chief of the Associated Press, who was held captive in Lebanon from 1985 to 1991.

Mr. Dinges is assistant professor of journalism and head of the school's radio program. During the past 11 years he has been, successively, foreign editor, managing editor for news and editorial director of National Public Radio. Educated at Loras College, Stanford University and the University of Innsbruck, Austria, he was a reporter and editor at the Des Moines Register & Tribune and The Washington Post. He is the author of Our Man in Panama: The Shrewd Rise and Brutal Fall of Manuel Noriega (1990) and Assassination on Embassy Row (1980).

Ms. Hancock returns to Columbia as assistant professor of journalism after two years as education editor of Newsweek. With a bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa and two master's degrees from Columbia, she was an assistant editor at Pantheon Books, a freelance writer for magazines and newspapers, a writer for the Village Voice and education reporter for the Daily News in New York before joining the Columbia journalism faculty as assistant professor in 1993-94. She directs the school's Prudential fellowship program on coverage of children's issues.

Mr. Mills, an adjunct professor in the school for many years, teaches business and financial writing as an assistant professor of journalism. Educated at City College of New York and SUNY Stony Brook, he worked as a reporter, columnist and copy editor at the Camden Courier-Post, The Star Ledger, New York Post, Daily News and Newsday before joining The New York Times in 1980 and becoming an editor of the business section. He has also taught at Brooklyn College, Lehman College, Pace University and New York University.

Dean Konner previously announced the new appointment of Carey Winfrey, editor-in-chief of American Health, as professor of journalism and director of the school's George Delacorte Center for Magazine Journalism.

Columbia's is the first university faculty position Terry Anderson has held. He will teach an international reporting seminar and a reporting and writing class as an adjunct professor. He runs a computer consulting firm, Westchester Information Network, and writes a weekly column for King Features. He wrote Den of Lions (1993), which describes his Lebanon experience.

Also new to the adjunct faculty are Rita Beamish, a White House correspondent on leave from the Associated Press; Elizabeth L. Dribben, formerly of CBS News Radio; Ann D'Antonio Dry, former managing editor of New Jersey Monthly magazine; Jim Lardner, author and former writer for The Washington Post and The New Yorker; Bob Liff, reporter for the Daily News and Newsday, and Joe Richman, a freelance radio producer formerly with NPR.