Leon Dash


Leon Dash worked as a reporter at the Washington Post from 1966 to 1968. He took a two-year leave of absence and worked as a Peace Corps volunteer high school teacher in rural Kenya, East Africa, in 1969 and 1970. Dash returned to the Post in 1971. Dash is a 1995 Pulitzer Prize winner in the explanatory journalism category.

Dash left the Post in August 1998 to accept an appointment as a professor in Journalism and Afro-American Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In February 2000, Dash was selected as the first Swanlund Chair Professor in Journalism. A member of the Center for Advanced Study (CAS) since 2003, he became Director of CAS in September 2009, stepping down as Director on August 15, 2014. On April 17, 2007, Dash was initiated into the Kappa Tau Alpha national honor society for academic excellence and scholarship in advertising, journalism and mass communications.


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