Senior Fellows


Neal-A.-BaerNeal A. Baer

Neal A. Baer, M.D. is a Harvard-trained physician, practicing pediatrician, and award-winning television writer and producer. He formerly served as executive producer of the series “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” and “ER”. His most recent show, “The Beast”, was purchased by Fox for the 2017-18 season.


Sandy BanksSandy Banks

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

Ev is a lecturer at USC’s Annenberg School, the former Associate Director of CCLP and the founding director of Civic Tech USC, an initiative focused on how technology can connect citizens to government and to each other in ways that improve democracy and civic life. From 2017-18, he was the Executive Director of LA-Tech.org, a nonprofit coalition of Los Angeles-area tech companies and community organizations working together for a more inclusive and equitable economy.



Jess Cagle

Jess Cagle is the former Editor-in-Chief of People, where he expanded TV and video programming, integrated print and digital operations, and grew the brand’s audience to 100 million. Cagle also worked as a Senior Editor at TIME and as the Editor of Entertainment Weekly where he transformed EW.com into a 24/7 breaking news site. Cagle frequently appears on Good Morning America and Today. Over the course of his career he has interviewed some of Hollywood’s biggest celebrities including Julia Roberts, George Clooney, and the Obamas.



Craig Calhoun

Craig Calhoun is a University Professor of Social Sciences at Arizona State University and Senior Advisor to the Berggruen Institute. From 2012-2016, he was the Director and President of the London School of Economics and Political Science.



John F. Cooke

A longtime leader in business, education and the arts, John F. Cooke has been a senior executive at The Walt Disney Company, Executive Vice President and Trustee of the J. Paul Getty Trust, and Executive Vice President of Times Mirror Cable Television. Cooke is currently President of the Lincoln Club of Los Angeles, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and has served on the board of the Pacific Council on International Policy.



Jeremy-CurtinJeremy Curtin

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-DowdMatthew Dowd

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.



Michael Duffy

Michael Duffy is the acting deputy op-ed editor of The Washington Post.  Before joining the Post, he spent more than three decades at TIME magazine, where he served, among other roles, as correspondent, Washington bureau chief, deputy managing editor and editorial director of Timeinc.  He has co-authored two New York Times bestselling presidential histories, including “The Presidents Club: Inside the World’s Most Exclusive Fraternity,” and appeared on numerous public affairs news programs. He has served on the board of the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press and is a consultant to ABC News.


Deborah Fallows

Deborah Fallows is a linguist and writer. She is the co-author of the recent book Our Towns, and also wrote two other books, Dreaming in Chinese and A Mother’s Work. Her work has been featured in The Atlantic, National Geographic, Slate, The New York Times, and The Washington Monthly.



James Fallows

Award-winning writer and journalist James Fallows is currently a national correspondent for The Atlantic. He has written twelve books, including the recent Our Towns (with Senior Fellow and wife Deb Fallows), and previously served as the editor of US News & World Report. Early in his career, he served as President Jimmy Carter’s chief White House speechwriter.



Jonathan Fanton

Jonathan Fanton is President Emeritus of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Dr. Fanton served as Interim Director of the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College from 2009 to 2014. He previously was President of The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.




Charlie Firestone

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.


Nancy Gibbs

Nancy Gibbs is the former managing editor of Time magazine. She is also a commentator, essayist, and best-selling author of two books she co-authored with Michael Duffy: The Preacher and the Presidents: Billy Graham in the White House (2007) and The Presidents Club: Inside the World’s Most Exclusive Fraternity.


Dorothy Gilliam

Dorothy Gilliam is an American journalist who was the first African-American female reporter at The Washington Post. Gilliam served as president of the National Association of Black Journalists and created the Young Journalists Development Program to bring more young people into the world of journalism. Gilliam was also honored as the J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Fellow at The George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs. The Washington Press Club awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award to Gilliam in 2010. Gilliam is the author of the new book, Trailblazer: A Pioneering Journalist’s Fight to Make the Media Look More Like America (2019).


Dan-GlickmanDan Glickman

Dan Glickman is a senior fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center, based in Washington, DC. He previously served as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture from 1995-2001 and as chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America.



Matthew Graham

Matthew Graham is the former visiting director for the USC Annenberg School of Journalism. He previously held positions as Vice President (head of product) for the Los Angeles Times and as Vice President of audience and product at USA TODAY Sports.




Peter Hirshberg

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.-JohnsonKirk W. Johnson

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-KennardCinny Kennard

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.



Bruce Koon

Bruce Koon is a pioneering journalist who formerly served as News Director for KQED for eight years. He was a founding board member of the Online News Association and served two terms as president.



León Krauze

Mexican journalist León Krauze has had a diverse career both in media and academia. Krauze‘s work has appeared in various publications both in his native Mexico and the United States.  Krauze anchors the nightly news for Canal 34, Univisión’s flagship local station in Los Angeles, and has recently held the Wallis Annenberg Chair in Journalism at USC.



Cindi Leive

Cindi Leive is the former editor-in-chief of both Glamour and Self. She is a journalist and a cultural critic who speaks frequently about women, media and the arts. Leive is also the co-producer of several New York Times bestsellers, including the 2018 book Together We Rise, about the making of the women’s march.



Jill Leovy

Jill Leovy is a journalist and author of Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America, a New York Times bestseller, finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and California Book Award winner for nonfiction. Leovy has also worked for two decades as a reporter and editor at the Los Angeles Times.



CaptureJack Lerner

Jack Lerner is a Clinical Professor of Law at the UC Irvine School of Law and the Director of the Intellectual Property, Arts, and Technology Clinic.




irshadIrshad Manji

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

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 meleNicco Mele

Nicco Mele is the director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. He took over leadership of the Center in 2016 after serving as Senior Vice President and Deputy Publisher of the Los Angeles Times and as the Wallis Annenberg Chair in Journalism at the University of Southern California.



Sylvester Monroe

For the past three years, Monroe served as an Assistant Foreign Editor at The Washington Post in charge of reporting from Europe and South Asia. During his storied career, Monroe has had a variety of important assignments with NewsweekTIMEThe San Jose Mercury News, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, and Ebony.



Geneva-OverholserGeneva Overholser

Geneva Overholser served as director of USC Annenberg’s School of Journalism from 2008 until 2013. She was editor of The Des Moines Register from 1988 to 1995, where she led the paper to a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. While at the Register, she also earned recognition as Editor of the Year by the National Press Foundation.



Adam-Clayton-Powell-IIIAdam Clayton Powell III

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 S. Purdum

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-RachlisKit Rachlis

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-SchellOrville Schell

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.




Dan Schnur

Dan Schnur is Director of the Los Angeles arm of the American Jewish Committee. Previously, he served as the Director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at the University of Southern California.


Dan Schwerin

Dan Schwerin served as Director of Speechwriting for Secretary Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential bid and principal collaborator on her two most recent memoirs Hard Choices and What Happened.



Derek-ShearerDerek Shearer

Former U.S. Ambassador to Finland Derek Shearer is Chevalier Professor of Diplomacy and World Affairs at Occidental College in Los Angeles. He handles the college’s international relations, directing the expansion of its international affairs programs, and serves as Director of the McKinnon Center for Global Affairs.

Greta Van Susteren

A 25 year news industry veteran, Greta Van Susteren has served as a host for all three major news networks, CNN, FOX News, and MSNBC. She was recently named one of the world’s 100 most powerful women by Forbes Magazine.


David-WestphalDavid Westphal

David Westphal is adjunct professor of journalism in the Studio 20 digital program at New York University. Previously, he was Editor-in-Chief of the California HealthCare Foundation’s Center for Health Reporting and Washington editor of McClatchy Newspapers.



Morley Winograd

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-YellinJessica Yellin

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-ZacchinoNarda Zacchino

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. Her most recent book, California Comeback: How a “Failed State” Became a Model for the Nation, was released in 2016.


Senior Policy Fellow

baumGeoffrey Baum

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

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.


Faculty Fellows

Sasha Anawalt

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 previously directed the Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Program for 13 years.




Gerald Giaquinta

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 is the Academic Director of the World Bachelor in Business program at the Marshall School.



Thomas Hollihan

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

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

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-ReevesRichard Reeves

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. Reeves’ most recent book is Portrait of Camelot: A Thousand Days in the Kennedy White House (2010).



Riley-PatriciaPatricia Riley

Dr. Patricia Riley is a specialist in organizational communication and internationally known for her work on institutional politics and organizational culture change.




Philip Seib

Philip Seib previously served as the Vice Dean of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and, before that, as director of USC’s Center on Public Diplomacy. He is now a professor of journalism and public diplomacy and professor of international relations.



Christopher Holmes Smith

Christopher H. Smith is a Clinical Professor in the School of Communication at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism where he also jointly runs the Media, Economics, and Entrepreneurship program.



Stacy L. Smith

Stacy L. Smith joined the USC Annenberg faculty in fall 2003. Dr. Smith is also the director of a research-driven initiative at USC Annenberg on Media, Diversity, and Social Change.


Gordon Stables

Gordon Stables is Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and a Clinical Full Professor at the USC Annenberg School. During the summer Gordon directs the International Communication Studies (ICS) program.



Roberto Suro

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 and now directs the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute at USC.


Diane Winston

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.



Visiting Fellows


VGatov_headshotVasily Gatov

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

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 Graduate and Junior Fellows


Former Global Fellows

Alden E. Stoner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cindy Martinez

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.

Erin Kamler

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.

María J. Vázquez

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

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

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.

Zhaleh Boyd

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

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

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

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

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.

Evan Jones

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

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.