Adam
Clayton
Powell III

Senior Fellow
Executive Director, USC Election Security Initiative
Adam Clayton Powell III has more than 50 years of experience in journalism and technology, including news manager at CBS News; VP of news at NPR; director of the IMSC NSF Engineering Research Center; executive producer for Quincy Jones; and vice provost of global at USC.
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Adam Clayton Powell III has more than 50 years of experience in journalism and technology, including news manager at CBS News; VP of news at NPR; director of the IMSC NSF Engineering Research Center; executive producer for Quincy Jones; and vice provost of global at USC.
Expertise: 
Arts and Culture, Business, Computation and Informatics, Digital Media, Diversity and Inclusion, Global, Management, Politics, Public Diplomacy, Race and Ethnicity, Science, Technology and Innovation
Research and Practice Areas: 
Culture and Media
News and Media Industries
Science, Technology and Innovation
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Adam
Clayton
Powell III

Senior Fellow
Executive Director, USC Election Security Initiative
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Adam Clayton Powell III is director of Washington Programs for CCLP, directing USC’s initiative on election cybersecurity, which provides training in all 50 states to reinforce election integrity and build defense against digital attacks. He also coordinates CCLP’s Washington, D.C. monthly public forums on such subjects as public diplomacy, national security and the future of communications.

Before his move to Washington in 2010, he served as USC’s vice provost for globalization, opening new USC facilities in Shanghai and Seoul, and promoting the university throughout the world. Powell previously served as director of the USC Integrated Media Systems Center, a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center located in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.

Earlier, he was vice president of technology and program of the Freedom Forum and the Newseum, creating a global Internet education program; Working Group member, Internet Policy Institute, helping develop briefing papers for the president of the United States and other policymakers; executive producer at Quincy Jones Entertainment; and vice president for news at National Public Radio.

Powell spent sixteen years at CBS News and at CBS-owned television and radio stations in New York City, including serving as a reporter and producer at WCBS-TV, then news director of all-news WINS radio, increasing its audience to become the No. 1 radio station in New York, before returning to CBS network news as manager of news operations.

Awards and honors:

World Technology Award for Media and Journalism, The Economist (1999).
Ohio State Award for a series of reports on Iran for CBS News (1979).

Books

America’s Dialogue with the World, contributor (Public Diplomacy Council, 2006).

Reinventing Local News: Connecting Communities through New Technologies, author (Figueroa Press, 2005).

Democracy and New Media, contributor (MIT Press, 2003).

The Digital Divide, contributor (MIT Press, 2001).

Briefing the President: What the Next President of the United States Needs to Know about the Internet, contributor (Internet Policy Institute, 2000).

Lethargy ’96: How the Media Covered a Listless Campaign, co-author (Freedom Forum, 1997).

Demystifying Media Technology, contributor (Mayfield, 1993).