On July 1, 2016, Nicco Mele became the director of the Shorenstein Center. He previously served as the Wallis Annenberg Chair in Journalism at the University of Southern California and is former senior vice president and deputy publisher of the Los Angeles Times.
Under Nicco Mele’s leadership, the Center aims to have impact on four distinct areas of focus—each of which are integral to maintaining a healthy democracy: news sustainability; platform accountability and misinformation; news quality; and news equity.
Today the Kennedy School’s Dean, Doug Elmendorf, oversees an institution with more than 900 students, 53 tenured faculty members and 11 research centers. Over the last 30 years, the Shorenstein Center has been one of the most active programs in the School and has hosted more than a thousand speakers, faculty seminars and conferences with leading journalists, policymakers and scholars from around the world.
The contemporary challenges facing the media and their role in a democratic society prove the value of the Center’s original vision and institutional mission. The interaction of the realms of media, politics and policy has never been more intense and consequential, and the need for productive collaboration of the academic and the practitioner never more palpable. In the coming years, the Center is committed to strengthening its dynamic mix of programs and participants, particularly fellows and faculty, as we engage the challenges of a rapidly changing media environment.