Adam Clayton Powell III

Senior Fellow


Adam Clayton Powell III coordinates CCLP projects and forums in Washington DC, on subjects ranging from public service media to the future of arts 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 serving the information needs of local communities.

Contact Powell at or Google voice 970-81-ADAM3 (+1 970-812-3263)

Blog Posts by Adam Clayton Powell III

Cell phones combat agricultural pests in Asia

By Adam Powell | March 10, 2014 0
SINGAPORE - Ordinary cell phones have emerged as a tool to combat agricultural pests. Using the mPest Insect Sound Android mobile application, farmers take their cell phones into the field to pick up sounds of insects on their land. The sounds are analyzed to detect which insects are present; if...

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Al Jazeera America anchor: We never hear from Qatar

By Adam Powell | February 5, 2014 0
WASHINGTON -- We never hear from Doha. That was the assertion by Joie Chen, Washington anchor for Al Jazeera America at Monday's CCLP Washington Communication Leadership forum. "I have never been to Doha," she said, "and I haven't heard from anyone in Doha." Rejecting criticism that Al Jazeera America is...

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Israeli, Turkish diplomats featured at CCLP Washington lunch

By Adam Powell | October 2, 2013 0
Arnold Zeitlin, a visiting professor at Hong Kong University's Journalism and Media Studies Centre, discusses the "small-world" coincidences of life as experienced during one of CCLP's "First Monday" Washington D.C. lunches. A small pleasure of living close to Washington, D.C., is the opportunity to sample the smorgasbord of public...

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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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