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Newhouse School of Public Communications

The Newhouse School of Public Communications is the journalism school at Syracuse University. Newspaper publisher Samuel I. Newhouse gave the university a $15 million gift in the early 1960s to build a facility for its journalism school. Syracuse University hired architect I. M. Pei to design the building; he chose to put giant halls overlooking the campus on the main floor and keep much of its office and classroom space underground. This building was dedicated on August 6, 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson, who used the moment to reiterate his decision to respond militarily to the Tonkin Gulf incident, which escalated the Vietnam War.

In 1971 Syracuse University consolidated its journalism, film and speech departments into the Newhouse School of Public Communications. Three years later a companion building was dedicated, housing broadcast journalism classrooms and studios. A third building, to include more studios and research facilities, will be completed in 2005.

The Newhouse School is nationally recognized as one of the leading journalism schools in the country, and its alums (known informally as "the Newhouse mafia") include Bob Costas, Mike Tirico and Sean McDonough.