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/images/faculty/sasha_65p.jpg Sasha Anawalt, director 
Sasha Anawalt is founding director of USC Annenberg Arts Journalism Programs, including the Masters degree in Specialized Journalism (The Arts) program, a partnership with the five arts schools at USC. She also directs the USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Program, a fellowship program focused on creating new dynamic systems and tools for journalism with Douglas McLennan. They produced, a “pop-up” news lab in 2012 and are currently designing Engine30 in collaboration with media partners, designers and developers. Anawalt wrote the best-selling cultural biography, “The Joffrey Ballet: Robert Joffrey and the Making of an American Dance Company.” A PBS documentary about the Joffrey Ballet that is based on her book will be released in January 2013. She recently co-produced, The Underground: From the Street to the Stage, a full-evening dance show choreographed by legendary krumpers, Lil ‘C and Miss Prissy. Anawalt was chief dance critic for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner for six years, for two years at the LA Weekly and for nearly a decade at KCRW, National Public Radio. 

Douglas McLennan, digital projects architect
Douglas McLennan is the founder and editor of, the leading aggregator of arts journalism on the Internet. Prior to starting ArtsJournal, McLennan was arts columnist and music critic for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. A former concert pianist, he has a master's degree in music from the Juilliard School in New York. He has written on the arts for numerous publications, including as music critic for Salon, and for Newsweek, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the London Evening Standard. McLennan has been a music critic for National Public Radio's “All Things Considered.” He was head of the board of the National Arts Journalism Program (NAJP) at Columbia University until last summer. He is a recipient of several awards for arts criticism and reporting, including a NAJP fellowship at Columbia University and a Deems Taylor/ASCAP Award for music journalism.

Edward Lifson, associate director
Edward Lifson has written on culture and architecture for many years as a bureau chief, foreign correspondent, and war correspondent for National Public Radio. His work has appeared on the BBC, CNN and CBC; he has written for Nylon, Metropolis, Dwell, Edition29 on the iPad, A + U, Architect, The Architect’s Newspaper, and other media. Lifson created and hosted a popular public radio program on culture called Hello Beautiful! His work has received journalism's highest honors, including Columbia- duPont, Peabody, and Edward R. Murrow awards. He currently edits the USC Architecture journal Dispatch, and is co-producing a National Endowment for the Humanities-funded website called One Nation, Under Construction. Lifson studied at the University of Paris, Boston Architectural Center and spent two years as a Fellow at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. He earned an MA in Journalism as an Annenberg Fellow at USC and was a USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellow. He works in China with USC Architecture’s American Academy in China. Lifson lived for years in each of the following: Paris, Berlin, Florence, London and New Orleans; he hails from Chicago.

Lissa Sanders, program specialist
Lissa Sanders is program specialist for the Arts Journalism Programs at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, which includes the USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Program and the Master's degree in Specialized Journalism (The Arts) program. Prior to joining USC Annenberg, she worked for the J. Paul Getty Trust at the Getty Villa as the department coordinator for the Volunteer Program and was responsible for over 100 regular volunteers working at the Getty Villa. She was also the editor-in-chief of the quarterly volunteer newsletter, Travertine Times. Lissa also works for CBS Radio as a promotions assistant for KNX1070 NEWSRADIO and KFWB NEWS TALK 980, a role that has included work as a weekend website editor and social media assistant for KNX1070 NEWSRADIO. More recently, she finished her third consecutive season of representing KFWB NEWS TALK 980 (the Los Angeles Clippers’ radio home) during KFWB pre-game festivities for the Los Angeles Clippers' home games at the Staples Center. Lissa Sanders is a graduate of the University of Southern California and remains connected to communication, radio and the arts through her professional and personal endeavors.

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