The Press: Dean of a School Divided

As a correspondent for the New York Times, and later for NBC, Elie Abel has often found himself at the flash points of the world. He covered the Nurnberg trials, the Hungarian Revolution, two presidential campaigns and the Cuban missile crisis of 1962. But last week Abel, 49, received what may well be his toughest assignment: he was appointed dean of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, the best in the field, but a school divided.

Beginning Feb. 1, Abel will preside over a faculty embittered by more than a year's debate over a successor to Edward Barrett, the former dean. Barrett...

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