Neal A. Baer, M.D. is a Harvard-trained physician, practicing pediatrician, and award-winning television writer and producer. Since 2000, he has served as executive producer of the NBC series “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.” He was previously Executive Producer of “ER.”
In 36 years at the Los Angeles Times, Sandy Banks served as a reporter, editorial writer, assistant metropolitan editor and director of the newsroom’s diversity efforts. She was part of the team awarded the Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
Ev Boyle, the former Associate Director of CCLP and the founding director of Civic Teach USC, leads a new nonprofit, launched by Los Angeles tech leaders, whose mission is to channel the resources and expertise of LA’s tech sector to support and accelerate the work of LA’s most impactful nonprofits and social enterprises.
Jeremy Curtin served until December 2009 as coordinator of the Bureau of International Information Programs in the U.S. State Department, where he was the government’s senior public diplomacy officer.
Matthew Dowd is a political consultant who currently serves as a special correspondent and analyst for ABC News. He writes a regular column for various publications.
Charlie Firestone is Executive Director of the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program and a Vice President of the Aspen Institute. His work at Aspen focuses on the impact of new technologies on democratic, economic and social institutions, and the development of new communications policy models and options for the public interest.
Dan Glickman is a senior fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center, based in Washington, DC. He previously served as chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).
Peter Hirshberg is chairman of City Innovate Foundation and the Re:imagine Group, which develops strategies and marketing in a world of empowered and connected audiences and customers.
Kirk W. Johnson is the founder of the List Project to Resettle Iraqi Allies and the author of To Be a Friend is Fatal: the Fight to Save the Iraqis America Left Behind. His forthcoming book, about the natural history heist of of the century, will be published by Viking in the spring of 2018.
Cinny Kennard, Executive Director at The Annenberg Foundation, is an award-winning broadcast journalist and media executive who served as managing director/managing editor of NPR West from 2003 to 2009.
Jack Lerner is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Law at the UC Irvine School of Law and the Director of the Intellectual Property, Arts, and Technology Clinic.
Irshad Manji is an international bestselling author and Muslim reformer. After publishing two seminal books about why and how to achieve liberal reform within Islam, Ms. Manji founded the Moral Courage Project.
John Markoff, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, wrote for The New York Times’ science and technology beat for 28 years, where he was widely regarded as the paper’s star technology reporter.
Nicco Mele is a political consultant, entrepreneur, and angel investor who previously served as the senior vice president and deputy publisher of the Los Angeles Times. He is also the co-founder of Echo & Co., a digital consulting firm.
Geneva Overholser is a former professor and director of USC Annenberg’s School of Journalism. She served as the school’s director from 2008 until 2013.
Adam Clayton Powell III is the Director of Washington Programs for CCLP, which includes public forums on subjects ranging from public service and online media to the future of journalism. He also leads CCLP’s new initiative on mobile phones as a platform for public service.
Todd Purdum is a senior writer at POLITICO and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. He was formerly with The New York Times, where he worked for 23 years, covering politics from city hall to the White House.
Kit Rachlis is the editor of the Washington, D.C. based, political magazine The American Prospect and an award-winning editor who spent nearly a decade as editor-in-chief of Los Angeles Magazine.
Orville Schell is the Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at the Asia Society in New York City. He was previously dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.
Former U.S. Ambassador to Finland Derek Shearer is Chevalier Professor of Diplomacy and World Affairs at Occidental College in Los Angeles. He also serves as Director of Global Affairs, handling the college’s international relations and directing the expansion of its International Affairs programs.
David Westphal is the Editor-in-Chief of the California HealthCare Foundation’s Center for Health Reporting and an Executive in Residence at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. He was formerly Washington editor of McClatchy Newspapers.
Morley Winograd is the co-author (with Michael D. Hais) of Millennial Momentum: How a New Generation is Remaking America. He previously served as senior policy advisor to Vice President Al Gore.
Jessica Yellin is a political journalist whose award-winning career includes reporting for CNN, ABC, and MSNBC. At CNN she covered the White House, Capitol Hill, and domestic politics. Her documentary on President Obama aired throughout the 2012 election.
Narda Zacchino is an author and award-winning journalist who served as a top editor at the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and the Center for Investigative Reporting.
Senior Policy Fellow
A former C-SPAN executive producer, Geoffrey Baum is the president of the California Community Colleges board of governors and the director of communications and public affairs for The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands.
Senior Research Fellow
Mark Latonero is a professor and a fellow at the Data & Society Research Institute in New York City. His research focuses on emerging communication technology and social change with specific interests in human rights. His recent work examines the intersection of technology and human trafficking.
Sasha Anawalt is director of the USC Annenberg Arts Journalism Programs. A faculty member of the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, she founded the Masters’ degree program in Specialized Journalism (The Arts) in 2008 and directs the Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Program.
Gerald Giaquinta is a marketing consultant, corporate executive, and Associate Professor of Clinical Department of Business Communication at the USC Marshall School of Business. He was recently named Academic Director of the World Bachelor in Business program at the Marshall School.
Thomas Hollihan is an author and professor of communication at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. He publishes in the areas of argumentation, political campaign communication, contemporary rhetorical criticism and the impact of globalization on public deliberation.
Mary Murphy is a print, television and digital journalist and a senior lecturer at USC Annenberg. Murphy has appeared on shows such as Today, Good Morning America, CNN’s Show Business Tonight and was on the staff of Entertainment Tonight and The Insider as both producer and on-air talent.
Michael Parks is a journalist and educator whose coverage of the struggle against apartheid in South Africa earned him the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting. He previously served as editor of the Los Angeles Times.
Richard Reeves is a senior lecturer at the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, an author, a syndicated columnist and an award-winning documentary filmmaker. His latest book is Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese American Internment in World War II.
Dr. Patricia Riley is a specialist in organizational communication and internationally known for her work on institutional politics and organizational culture change.
Dan Schnur is the Director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at the University of Southern California, where he works to motivate students to become active in the world of politics and encourage public officials to participate in the daily life of USC.
Vice Dean of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, Philip Seib previously served as director of USC’s Center on Public Diplomacy. He is also a professor of journalism and public diplomacy and professor of international relations.
Christopher Holmes Smith is a clinical assistant professor in communication at USC Annenberg, where he also serves as director of the Johnson Center for Communication Leadership.
Stacy L. Smith joined the USC Annenberg faculty in fall 2003. Her research focuses on children’s responses to mass media portrayals (television, film, video games) of violence, gender, and hypersexuality.
Gordon Stables is the Director of Debate and Forensics for USC’s nationally recognized Trojan Debate Squad (TDS). A Clinical Associate Professor, Gordon has been a member of the Annenberg faculty since 2002.
Roberto Suro is a veteran print journalist with extensive experience in foreign, domestic and Washington coverage as a senior staffer for the New York Times and the Washington Post. He previously served as director of the Pew Hispanic Center.
Diane Winston is a national authority on religion and the media as both a journalist and a scholar. Her expertise includes religion, politics and the news media as well as religion and the entertainment media.
Vasily Gatov is a Russian media researcher and author based in Boston. He is currently working on a book tentatively titled Life, Censored, about the re-emergence of totalitarian censorship of the Russian media.
Florian von Heintze is Deputy Editor-in-Chief of BILD, Europe’s bestselling newspaper. He is a senior print journalist with extensive experience in reporting, writing, editing, managing and marketing weekly magazines as well as local and national daily newspapers.
Former Global Fellows
Alden E. Stoner was CCLP’s inaugural global fellow from 2009-2010. Alden is a film producer with several projects in development. She also serves on the Center for Communication Leadership & Policy’s advisory board.
Former Law Fellows
Ariel Fox was CCLP’s law fellow from 2009-2010. Ariel, a graduate of Harvard College and Law School, works in intellectual property litigation in Washington, D.C. Her work at the Center was focused on legal issues affecting news media and news producers.
Genet Berhane was CCLP’s law fellow from 2011-2012. Genet, a graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School, served as editor-in-chief of the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law. Genet was a Gates Millennium Scholar and earned her BFA in Film & Television Production.
Former Junior Fellows
Rebecca Shapiro was CCLP’s junior fellow from 2008-2010. She graduated in May 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and a minor in Advertising from USC Annenberg.
Monica Alba was CCLP’s junior fellow from 2009-2010. Monica is an award-winning, honors graduate of the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism (Class of 2009). She earned her degree in broadcast journalism with minors in international relations and cinematic arts. She is the co-founder of the highly successful Social Issues Film Festival (SI DocFest).
Lauren Weinzimmer was CCLP’s junior fellow from 2011-2012. She is a magna cum laude graduate of USC with Bachelor’s degrees in both Communication (with honors) and English Literature. During her time at USC, Lauren was a research assistant for Faculty Fellow Stacy Smith.
Isaac Rottman was CCLP’s junior fellow from 2012-2013. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in Linguistics and Political Science. During his time at Northwestern, Isaac worked as a research assistant for Dr. Masaya Yoshida.
Aviya McGuire was CCLP’s junior fellow from 2013-14. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, magna cum laude, with a BA in Rhetoric and Peace & Conflict Studies. Before joining CCLP, she interned in Washington, D.C. at the Brookings Institution, and with the Project on Internal Displacement.
Justin Chapman was CCLP’s junior fellow from 2014-2016. Justin is an author, journalist, travel writer, actor, musician, and politician. As junior fellow, Justin managed CCLP’s website, wrote articles for its blog, conducted research for its academic reports, and supported its fellows with research on their various projects. He now serves as Communications Associate at the Pacific Council on International Policy and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Diplomacy at USC.
Former Research Fellows
Research Associate Cindy Martinez served as the director of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Services for the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. She attended California State Polytechnic University, Pomona earning a B.S. in Biology. She then went on to receive a Masters of Education in Post-Secondary Administration and Student Affairs.
Research Associate Erin Kamler served as a Research Associate at the Center on Communication Leadership & Policy during the spring semester of 2012. She is an award-winning playwright and composer whose interest in public diplomacy began when she studied in Thailand as an AFS exchange student.
Research Associate María J. Vázquez is a Research Associate at the Center on Communication Leadership & Policy and a PhD candidate (ABD) from the University of Navarra in Spain. She has been granted the FPU fellowship from the Spanish government to complete her doctoral studies and obtained her bachelor degree.
Lauren Allison is a Fulbright Research Fellow and Special Assistant to Mark Latonero, the Director of Research at the Center on Communication Leadership and Policy. She supports Latonero with reports and conferences, and in coordinating research across the center. Lauren holds an MA in International Relations.
Kelsey Browne served as a Research Associate and project specialist for the Center on Communication Leadership & Policy. She graduated summa cum laude from USC in 2007 with a double degree in broadcast journalism and international relations, and a minor in French.
Research Fellow Zhaleh Boyd was a Research Fellow at the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy. She worked primarily on the Technology & TIP project, focusing on effective service delivery and building sustainable public-private partnerships for anti-trafficking initiatives. Zhaleh completed her BA in English at Clark Atlanta University.
Former Graduate Fellows
John Hrabe was CCLP’s graduate fellow from 2010-2011. John provided research and program assistance for numerous CCLP projects, including the Reagan Centennial, Trafficking in Persons, and CCLP’s latest project on civic discourse. John completed his Master’s degree at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Tala Mohebi was CCLP’s graduate fellow from 2011-2012. Tala is a law student at Harvard Law School. She received her B.A. in International Political Economy from University of California, Berkeley and a Masters in Public Diplomacy from the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism.
Former IT and Student Manager Fellows
Lauren Schultz served as the inaugural IT & Student Manager at CCLP from 2010-2011. Lauren graduated from the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, earning her Masters in Communication Management in May 2011. She is a cum laude graduate of Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ with a B.A. in Communication and a minor in musical theory and performance.
Liz Krane served as the web and IT coordinator at CCLP from 2013-2015. She managed CCLP’s blog, newsletters, and social media, assisted with research and event planning, and did graphic design and web development for CCLP’s special projects.
Online Media Editor/IT Assistant Evan Jones is currently studying online communities while pursuing his master’s degree in Communication Management at USC. He received his undergraduate degree in film from Ryerson University (Toronto 2004) and is a published journalist and writer.
Sarah Ledesma served as the Web Content Coordiantor at CCLP from 2012-2013. Her primary role at the center was to effectively curate and coordinate content related to CCLP’s research initiatives and effectively disperse said information across all online platforms.