Fellows say political polarization is increasing

Political polarization is growing in this country, said CCLP senior fellows Matthew Dowd and Narda Zacchino at a Communication Leadership Roundtable at the new Wallis Annenberg Hall on March 23. The data, Dowd said, shows that "we're at the most polarized state that we've ever been in." Left to right: Narda Zacchino, Matthew Dowd, Geoffrey Cowan, and Geoffrey Baum Dowd and Zacchino were joined by CCLP director Geoffrey Cowan and CCLP advisory board members and senior fellows who were in town for a board meeting prior to the event, as well as staff and students from the USC Annenberg School…

Senior fellow publishing new book on California as she wraps up CIR project on armed security guards

As project editor on a two-month long assignment with the Center for Investigative Reporting, CCLP senior fellow Narda Zacchino oversaw reporter Shoshana Walter's and others' six part series "Hired Guns." The team reported on armed security guards across the country who endanger public safety through a haphazard system of lax laws, minimal oversight and almost no accountability. The project includes a graphic novel and an interactive map. Zacchino and Walter are hoping that the series will raise awareness about this issue and change policies across the country. CNN teamed up with CIR and featured two segments on the story,…

Narda Zacchino Named Executive Director of the Daniel Pearl Foundation

CCLP Senior Fellow, Narda Zacchino, former LA Times vice president, has been named the new executive director of the Daniel Pearl Foundation. "We are thrilled that Narda has accepted our offer to become Executive Director," Daniel Pearl's parents and Foundation co-founders Judea and Ruth Pearl said in a release. "Her background as a journalist, editor and author, along with her extensive experience in working with nonprofits make her an ideal choice. More important, we believe that she understands and believes in our core message and will be able to articulate it to a broader audience." Read the announcement here. Tweet…

Curtin, Glickman and Zacchino appointed CCLP senior fellows

A top news executive and two leading global policymakers have been appointed 2010-2011 senior fellows of Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP) at the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. As part of CCLP, senior fellows contribute to the Communication Leadership blog, participate in public programs and lead projects in specific areas of engagement for the Center….