Dean Willow Bay

Dean’s Message

Here, at the intersection of technology and communication, change is happening faster and more relentlessly than we’ve ever experienced. Communication — both the field and its disciplines — is at the heart of our culture, commerce and politics like never before, giving us unprecedented opportunities to connect, communicate and access information. Our world has been re-wired. And no one has left us a user’s manual.

There is no place better equipped to take on this challenge.  Our academic rigor puts USC Annenberg at the very top of the world’s communication schools. The excellence and energy of our faculty, our world-class facilities and our technological capabilities are second to none, as are our connections with our industries of practice.

This is a moment made for the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

Willow Bay
Dean and Walter H. Annenberg Chair in Communication

Office of the Dean


Truth Seekers

Celebrating the Class of 2018 with global media leader and Commencement speaker Oprah Winfrey.

Truth About Tech

Examining the impact of digital technology on our mental health, communities and democracy.

A Social Contract for the Social Media Age?

Discussing the importance of data ownership and protection at the Milken Global Conference 2018.

This is How you Change the Status Quo for Women

Interviewing MSNBC news anchor Stephanie Ruhle.

Old Stereotypes, New Media

Interviewing professor Safiya Noble on misinformation on the Internet and social responsibility.

Teen Mental Health

Discussing the mental health needs of children and adolescents with Sec. Hillary Clinton and Dr. Harold S. Koplewicz.

Global Impact

Revealing new research on digital device use in the U.S. and Japan.

This is our moment

Delivering installation remarks as third dean of USC Annenberg.

About Dean Bay

Willow Bay was appointed dean of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and holder of the Walter H. Annenberg Chair in Communication in July 2017.

A veteran broadcast journalist and a leader in digital communication, Bay was previously the director of the USC Annenberg School of Journalism (2014–17).

She launched USC Annenberg’s Media Center in Wallis Annenberg Hall, introduced the school’s new Bachelor of Arts in Journalism degree program, welcomed the first cohort of the school’s nine-month Master of Science in Journalism program, forged partnerships with key media industry partners, and created new curriculum and fellowships for master’s students. Bay’s work to ensure that current and future communicators are fluent writers across many digital platforms was recognized with the Award of Honor from the PEN Center USA.

Bay came to USC Annenberg from her post as senior editor and senior strategic adviser of The Huffington Post, where she managed editorial content and growth initiatives for the pioneering online news site. Working closely with founders Arianna Huffington and Ken Lerer, she oversaw the launch of over a dozen news, business and lifestyle content verticals including eight metro pages across the country. In addition, she was a special correspondent for Bloomberg TV and host of Women to Watch, a primetime program that profiled the next generation of women leaders in various industries.

Her prominent broadcast experience includes reporting and anchoring for ABC News’ Good Morning America/Sunday and serving as a correspondent for Good Morning America and World News Weekend. The first woman to co-anchor CNN’s flagship daily financial news program Moneyline News Hour, Bay also anchored Business Unusual and Pinnacle, the network’s weekend business news programs. At NBC, she co-hosted NBA Inside Stuff, the NBA's weekly magazine show, and served as a correspondent for the Today Show morning program.

Bay is the author of Talking to Your Kids in Tough Times: How to Answer Your Child’s Questions about the World We Live In (Warner Books, 2003). She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

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