Adam Clayton Powell III

Senior Fellow

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Adam Clayton Powell III leads CCLP's new initiative on mobile phones as a platform for public service. He also coordinates CCLP's Washington DC programming, which includes public forums on subjects ranging from public service and online media to the future of journalism.

Before his move to Washington in 2010, he served as USC's Vice Provost for Globalization, working closely with faculty and deans to advance the university's globalization initiative, expanding USC's international presence and promoting the university throughout the world. He is also a senior fellow at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy, both of which are housed in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

Powell previously served as director of the USC Integrated Media Systems Center, the National Science Foundation's Research Center for multimedia research. Powell has worked extensively in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the U.S. on training programs in digital media for journalists, educators and policymakers. Previous roles include vice president of the Freedom Forum; general manager of WHUT-TV, the nation's first African-American-owned public television station; executive producer at Quincy Jones Entertainment; and vice president for news and information programming at National Public Radio.

As a Senior Fellow at the CCLP, Powell focuses on trends and innovation in print, broadcast and new media, and mobile telephones as platforms for public service, including education, health care and public safety.

Contact Powell at acpowell@usc.edu or (760) 702-0283

Blog Posts by Adam Clayton Powell III

CCTV America fights credibility issues, reaches audiences far beyond the U.S.

By Adam Powell | May 6, 2015 0
WASHINGTON - CCTV America must constantly battle the perception that its funders in Beijing are slanting its news broadcasts, but that may not be the case - or at least it may be an exaggeration. That was the word from Mike Walter, a news anchor at CCTV America, who spoke...

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Roots of U.S. public diplomacy in 1917 echo debates of 2015

By Adam Powell | April 10, 2015 0
WASHINGTON - 98 years ago, the United States government formally inaugurated the first American agency of public diplomacy, and it faced the same questions in 1917 during World War I that the U.S. faces in 2015 against ISIS. That agency, the Committee on Public Information (CPI) was created to counter...

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U.S. international broadcasters work to achieve credibility, and understanding, in the Middle East

By Adam Powell | March 3, 2015 0
WASHINGTON -- "Oh are you working for the CIA now?" That is how Samir Nader, State Department correspondent for Radio Sawa described his friends' reaction when he joined the U.S. radio network beamed to the Middle East. But the key to their acceptance, and their large audiences, is that they...

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Adam Clayton Powell III In the News

The Washington Post noted that Senior Fellow Adam Clayton Powell III was a guest on PBS News' "White House Chronicle." Click here to view the video of Powell's appearance.

Daily Breeze quoted Adam Clayton Powell III, Senior Fellow and USC Vice Provost for Globalization, on USC's partnership with Songdo Global University Campus in South Korea.

The New York Times, in a story remembering Adam Clayton Powell Jr., noted that one of his sons is Senior Fellow Adam Clayton Powell III, USC's vice provost for globalization. Powell Jr., who was a legendary Harlem congressman, would have turned 100 years old on Saturday, the story noted.

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