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Willow Bay has been named director of the School of Journalism at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Bay will take the helm in July.
Bay is a highly skilled journalist, author, producer, digital news editor and national broadcast and global cable television news anchor. Her selection as director of the USC Annenberg School of Journalism follows a national search across the private sector and academia.
“The breadth of Willow Bay’s experiences, skills and talents is extraordinary, ” said Dean Ernest J. Wilson III, “Her leadership will help our innovative school aggressively continue our path of creating – and defining – the digital future.”
Bay arrives at USC Annenberg from positions as senior editor, The Huffington Post, Los Angeles; and special correspondent and host, Bloomberg TV. Bay’s career spans start-ups and legacy enterprises alike.
Bay’s prominent broadcast experience includes co-anchoring ABC News’ Good Morning America/Sunday; co-anchoring CNN’sMoneyline News Hour; hosting, lead writing and producing CNN’s long-form program, Pinnacle; substitute anchoring on NBC’s Early Today and other MSNBC/NBC programs; co-hosting NBA Inside Stuff; and hosting, writing and executive producing the Lifetime Television documentary, Spotlight 25.
Bay is a highly sought-after moderator at key forums for thought leaders and has led panels with prominent politicians, philanthropists, athletes, cultural figures and CEOs such as Jeff Bezos (Amazon.com), Indra Nooyi (PepsiCo), Howard Schultz (Starbucks) and Larry Page (Google). Bay holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from New York University’s Stern School of Business.