Annenberg Alumni Advisory Board

Emerson Coleman '78
Senior Vice President of Programming
Hearst Television Inc.

Emerson Coleman is the senior vice president, programming, for Hearst Television, Inc., formerly Hearst-Argyle Television, Inc., where he has worked since 1999. Among the industry's most highly regarded programming executives, Coleman oversees the company's program development and acquisitions.

Brooke Duffy, Ph.D. '11
Assistant Professor, Department of Communication 
Cornell University

Brooke Erin Duffy is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Cornell University. She conducts research at the intersection of media, culture, and technology; her interests include social media production; media and creative industries; digital labor; and gender and feminist media studies. She is the author of Remake, Remodel: Women’s Magazines in the Digital Age (University of Illinois Press, 2013) and co-editor of Key Readings in Media Today: Mass Communication in Contexts (Routledge, 2008).

Jeffrey Gottfried, Ph.D. '12
Research Associate
Pew Research Center

Jeffrey A. Gottfried received his Ph.D. from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania in 2012. Upon defending his dissertation, he was named the Howard Deshong Postdoctoral Fellow at the Annenberg Public Policy Center. During his postdoctoral fellowship, he focused on how exposure to various media and sources of political information (e.g., traditional news, late-night comedy, campaign advertising, debates, social networking sites, and fact checking websites) influenced the public’s knowledge of key issues and matters relevant to the 2012 presidential election. Currently, he is a research associate at the Pew Research Center, working with both the Center for the People & the Press and the Journalism Project. Recent projects include one on the role of Facebook in peoples’ news consumption habits and another on the news media and political polarization.

Pablo Halpern, Ph.D. '92
Senior Consultant
Edelman PR Worldwide 

Dr. Pablo Halpern, a Chilean citizen, recently named Advisor of the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB’s) Office of External Relations (EXR). In that role he heads up all external and internal strategic communications for the Bank, including corporate communications and positioning, branding, message development, stakeholder and media relations, risk/crisis management communications, and development communications, as well as communications in support of partnership-building and the IDB’s social responsibility platform. 

Josephine Holz , Ph.D. '81
SVP of Media Analytics
The Nielsen Company

Prior to joining Nielsen in 2010, Josephine Holz served as VP of research for NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC, providing integrated brand-focused research support for all NBC News properties across TV, online and mobile platforms. Previously, she served as head of research for iN DEMAND Networks, Oxygen Media and Sesame Workshop, and as VP for public policy and communications research at Roper Starch Worldwide. iN DEMAND is a member of the Market Research Council, an elected organization of leaders in the market research industry, and the Cable Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM), where she serves on the research committee and co-chaired the organization’s 2007 Research Conference. She is also a past president of the New York Chapter of the American Association for Public Opinion Research. Holz has taught at Annenberg, New York University, Columbia University and Rutgers University.

Stewart Hoover, Ph.D.'85
School of Journalism and Mass Communication
University of Colorado at Boulder

Stewart M. Hoover is Professor of Media Studies and Religious Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he directs the Center for Media, Religion, and Culture. His fields of scholarship are media audience research, media history, and the social and political impact of the media. He is an internationally-recognized expert on media and religion, and the University of Colorado's Center is one of only four worldwide devoted to this emerging field of study. Professor Hoover has studied and written about a diverse array of topics, including televangelism, religion journalism, religion in secular and entertainment media, and religion in the internet and digital media. He and his colleagues have studied the ways audiences today find religious and spiritual meaning in the media: from books, television and film to Facebook and the other social media. Through these studies and the Center's outreach efforts, they hope to build public understanding of the ways that religion is being changed by the media age, and the forms through which religion persists in the 21st Century both nationally and globally. Their work on Islam has looked at the ways it is understood through the media and the ways it is being formed and shaped by the media practices of different groups across the world. Their work on Christianity has most recently focused on popular forms, including neo-Pentecostalism. Professor Hoover's efforts have been supported by grants from the Ford Foundation, the Lilly Endowment, the Social Science Research Council, the Porticus Foundation, and the Henry Luce Foundation. Professor Hoover holds the MA and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and the MA in ethics from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. He is author or editor of eleven books, including Media, Home, and Family, Religion in the Media Age, and the forthcoming Does God Make the Man? Media, Religion, and the Crisis of Masculinity and The Media and Religious Authority.

Shawnika Hull, Ph.D. '10
Assistant Professor, Milken Institute School of Public Health
George Washington University

Shawnika Hull (BA, University of Arizona, 2004; Ph.D., UPenn, 2010) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Prevention and Community Health. Dr. Hull's research focuses on the processes through which mediated messages affect social and individual determinants of health. In particular, her work explores the ways in which mass media can be used to eliminate disparities in health and wellness, especially in the context of HIV prevention.

Martin Nisenholtz '79
Adjunct Professor 
Columbia University School of Journalism

Martin Nisenholtz was named senior vice president, digital operations for The New York Times Company in February 2005. He is responsible for the strategy development, operations and management of The New York Times Company's digital properties. Nisenholtz was chief executive officer of New York Times Digital from 1999 to 2005. Previously, he was president of The New York Times Electronic Media Company from 1995 to 1999. In that role, he was the founding leader at

Nikhil Sinha, Ph.D. '91
Vice Chancellor
Shiv Nadar University  

Nikhil Sinha joined Adams Capital Management in 2010 as a Venture Partner. Prior to joining Adams Capital, Nikhil served as President & Co-CEO of EMR Technology Ventures, a global provider of business process and technology outsourcing services, Executive Vice President of eFunds Corporation, a leading payment management company, and President & CEO of iDLX Technology Partners, an IT development company. 

Amy Jo Smith '88
DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group

Amy Jo Smith serves as president of the DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group, the leading trade group for the home entertainment industry representing the interests of the world’s largest media and entertainment companies, consumer electronics manufacturers, online retailers and software firms. A former White House communications advisor, Smith since 1997 has led the industry-funded group’s efforts to enhance and promote home entertainment during its wholesale evolution from videocassettes to DVDs, Blu-ray Discs and today’s digital age. Today, the DEG is firmly established as the industry’s leading authority on home entertainment trends, sales and developments, working to promote such recent digital initiatives as Digital HD, UltraViolet, Ultra HD 4K and high-resolution audio.

Darry Sragow '68
Dentons US LLP

Darry Sragow has been a partner in the Public Policy and Regulatory practice of the global Dentons law firm for more than nine years.  For the last six years he has served as the Los Angeles Managing Partner. He counsels clients on issues including education, energy, the environment, health care, insurance, media and technology, and transportation. During his nine year tenure as the chief campaign strategist for the California Assembly Democratic caucus the party increased its hold on that house from a minority of 39 to a solid majority of 50.  He also managed campaigns for the U.S. Senate in California and for governor in California and Washington State. Sragow is a former California Deputy Insurance Commissioner, Chief of Staff to the California State Board of Equalization, and in Washington served on the staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs and former Senator Birch Bayh of Indiana.  For 14 years he has taught one undergraduate political science course every semester, first at Berkeley and currently at USC. Sragow served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, holds an undergraduate degree from Cornell, a Masters from the University of Pennsylvania and a law degree, cum laude, from Georgetown.  He is frequently quoted and often seen commenting on developments in California and national politics.

Dannagal Young, Ph.D. '07
Assistant Professor and Research Fellow 
University of Delaware

Dannagal Goldthwaite Young (PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 2007) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Delaware and a Research Fellow with the University's Center for Political Communication. Young's research explores the nature and impact of alternative forms of political information on healthy democratic practices. Rooted in cognitive psychological approaches to information processing, this work has helped explicate how political satire reduces audience resistance to political arguments. Her research on the role of political satire in the changing political environment has been published in numerous journals including Media Psychology, Political Communication, International Journal of Press/Politics, Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, and Mass Media and Society. In 2013, USC Annenberg Press published her edited collection of essays written by scholars from various methods and disciplines, Breaking Boundaries: In Political Entertainment, co-edited with Jonathan Gray.  In 2013, Young was named a Distinguished Research Fellow of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania and a Research Fellow of the National Institute for Civil Discourse at the University of Arizona.