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GEOFFREY COWAN

Geoffrey Cowan has been an important force as a public interest lawyer, academic administrator, best-selling author and teacher, playwright, television producer, and government official.  Since 1996, he has been dean of the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication.

In 2006, he was named the inaugural holder of the Annenberg Family Chair in Communication Leadership at the Annenberg School and director of the School's Center on Communication Leadership. He holds a joint appointment in the USC Gould School of Law. Prior to becoming dean, Cowan served as director of the Voice of America. He also served as associate director of the USIA and as director of the International Broadcasting Bureau. Cowan previously taught communication law and policy at UCLA, where he was founding director of the university's Center for Communication Policy.

Cowan wrote See No Evil: The Backstage Battle Over Sex and Violence on Television, and the best-selling The People v. Clarence Darrow: The Bribery Trial of America's Greatest Lawyer. Cowan received an Emmy Award as executive producer of the television movie Mark Twain & Me. From 1979-84, he was a member of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, playing a key role in the development of National Public Radio.