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.
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 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 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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 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 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 U.S. Secretary of Agriculture from 1995-2001 and as chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Ashley’s War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield (2015) and The Dressmaker of Khair Khana (2011). Lemmon currently serves as an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and Partner and Chief Marketing Officer at the AI for national security technology company Shield AI.
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 also worked for two decades as a reporter and editor at the Los Angeles Times.
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.
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 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.
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 Newsweek, TIME, The San Jose Mercury News, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, and Ebony.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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 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 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. Her most recent book, California Comeback: How a “Failed State” Became a Model for the Nation, was released in 2016.
Senior Policy Fellow
A former C-SPAN executive producer, Geoffrey Baum is past president and a member of the California Community Colleges board of governors and former managing director of the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy.
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.