Three Senior Fellows Join USC Center

Jeremy Curtin

A top news executive and two leading global policymakers have been appointed 2010-2011 senior fellows of the Center on Communication Leadership and Policy at the USC Annenberg School for Communication Journalism.

As part of the center, senior fellows contribute to the communication leadership blog, participate in public programs and lead projects in specific areas of engagement.

Newly appointed senior fellows are:

Jeremy Curtin, who served until December as coordinator of the Bureau of Information Programs in the State Department, where he was the government’s senior public diplomacy officer. During more than 30 years in the United States Foreign Service, he specialized in international public affairs and strategic communications. He served with U.S. embassies in Europe and East Asia, including the post as minister-counselor for public affairs in Seoul, South Korea. He held a number of positions in Washington, D.C., with the U.S. Information Agency, the National Security Council and the State Department. Working with the U.S. Agency for International Development after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Curtin directed a program to support independent media and other democratic institutions in newly free Eastern Europe. From 2002 to 2005, he was chief of staff and senior adviser to the under secretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs. As a senior fellow, Curtin is developing a program to explore how governmental and nongovernmental organizations can incorporate new communication technologies, including social media, to achieve strategic objectives.

Dan Glickman, the former White House cabinet secretary and member of Congress who serves as chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). While at the MPAA, Glickman has led efforts to safeguard intellectual property, reduce trade barriers and enhance the movie ratings system. He also leads the industry’s advocacy efforts during a time of profound globalization and technological transformation. Prior to joining the association in 2004, Glickman was the director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He was secretary of agriculture during the Clinton administration and previously served for 18 years in the U.S. House of Representatives. During that time, he was an active member of the House Judiciary Committee, where he was a leader on technology issues. As a senior fellow, Glickman will work on programs exploring the role of media in a democracy with a special focus on government and campaign finance regulations.

Narda Zacchino, an author and award-winning journalist who served as a top editor at the Los Angeles Times and San Francisco Chronicle. During her 31 years at the Times, she was a reporter, government and politics editor, Sacramento bureau chief, editor of the Orange County edition, deputy managing editor, associate editor and vice president. She was deputy editor of the San Francisco Chronicle from 2001 until 2007, when she left to co-write a book on NFL star/Army Ranger Pat Tillman with his mother Mary. Zacchino was an editor at the Center for Investigative Reporting before co-founding Time Capsule Press, whose inaugural book, The L.A. Lakers: 50 Amazing Years in the City of Angels, was published in October. She is an editorial and business consultant at Truthdig, a daily news Web site, and is currently working on a new book about California. As a senior fellow, Zacchino will work on programs exploring the role of media in democracy with a focus on state government financial crises.

Current senior fellows at the Center on Communication Leadership and Policy include Neal Baer, Cinny Kennard, Adam Clayton Powell III, Kit Rachlis, Richard Reeves, Orville Schell, Derek Shearer and David Westphal.

“Each of our remarkable senior fellows is finding ways to navigate some of the most challenging issues facing democracy in this era of profound changes in culture and technology,” said Geoffrey Cowan, dean emeritus of the USC Annenberg School and director of the Center on Communication Leadership and Policy. “We are thrilled that Jeremy Curtin, Dan Glickman and Narda Zacchino will be joining the center to help instruct students, engage in public discourse and advance research efforts in these areas.”