Geoffrey Cowan is University Professor at USC and holds the Annenberg Family Chair in Communication Leadership. Formerly dean of the USC Annenberg School, he now directs its Center on Communication Leadership & Policy. Cowan previously served as director of the Voice of America and the International Broadcasting Bureau and on the board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. He chaired the Los Angeles commission that drafted the city’s ethics and campaign finance law and the California Bipartisan Commission on Internet Political Practices and now chairs the board of the California HealthCare Foundation. Cowan’s books include See No Evil: the Backstage Battle over Sex and Violence on Television and The People v. Clarence Darrow: the Bribery Trial of America’s Greatest Lawyer. With Leroy Aarons, he wrote Top Secret: the Battle for the Pentagon Papers, produced at the New York Theatre Workshop in spring 2010. Cowan, a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, has been a fellow at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics & Public Policy and Walter Lippmann Fellow of the American Academy of Political & Social Science.