Adam Clayton Powell III
Adam Clayton Powell III is USC's senior fellow for Washington policy initiatives.
Previously, as USC's vice provost for globalization, he worked closely with faculty and deans to advance the university's globalization initiative, while expanding USC's international presence, increasing our leadership role in the Association of Pacific Rim Universities, and promoting the university throughout the world.
Powell previously served as director of the USC Integrated Media Systems Center, the National Science Foundation's Research Center for multimedia research. He is also a senior fellow at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy, which is housed in the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism.
Powell brings considerable international experience to his role in the Office of the Provost. He helped form and then run training programs and forums on digital media in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States and on new media for journalists, media managers, educators, policy makers, and researchers for the Freedom Forum, first as a consultant, then as director, and finally as vice president. For 12 years, he also headed his own television and radio consulting firm, Powell Communications, which provided media services for clients in the United States and overseas. He worked on projects in South Africa for the Ford Foundation, as well as projects in Lagos, Nigeria for the Nigerian Television Authority. He also helped create the annual Highway Africa conference in South Africa, which has become the largest conference in communications and digital media on the African continent.
Powell is widely published, and many of his writings draw on his significant international experience. He recently contributed a chapter to America's Dialogue with the World and published a book entitled Reinventing Local News: Connecting with Communities Using New Technologies. He has also written for a number of publications, including The New York Times, Wired Magazine, and Online Journalism Review.
Prior to joining the USC faculty in 2003, Powell was general manager of WHUT-TV, the nation's first African American-owned public television station. He also was the founding general manager of KMTP-TV in San Francisco, the nation's second African American-owned public television station, which he helped put on the air in 1991. He has also served as an executive producer at Quincy Jones Entertainment; vice president for news and information programming at National Public Radio; manager of network radio and television news for CBS News; and news director of all-news WINS in New York.
Powell has won numerous awards, including the 1999 World Technology Award for Media and Journalism, sponsored by The Economist, and the Overseas Press Club Award for international reporting for a series of broadcasts on Iran.