USC Annenberg’s Center for Climate Journalism and Communication was established to leverage the expertise of the school’s renowned journalism and communication faculty to train journalists, communication professionals, and students to tackle the most important story of our time.
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Allison Agsten is the inaugural director of USC Annenberg’s Center for Climate Journalism and Communication. In her role, she conceptualizes programs, develops partnerships, and collaborates with faculty and students to shift public perception and response to climate change. Previously, she has worked in journalism, communications, and public engagement capacities including as a producer at CNN, Director of Communications at LACMA, and Curator of Public Engagement at the Hammer Museum.
In addition to her appointment at the Annenberg School, Agsten serves as the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies’ first curator. In that position, she organizes exhibitions and other arts programs that focus on climate change.
Agsten holds a BA from UCLA and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Academic Program Administrator
Pawan Ahuja serves as an Academic Program Administrator for USC Annenberg’s Center for Climate Journalism and Communication. She has been a part of the Trojan team for over 7 years, working as an Administrative Assistant for Financial Business Services and Office Manager for Dornsife’s Center for Economic and Social Research (CESR). Prior to USC, Pawan worked for the non-profit organization, Cure Huntington’s Disease Initiative (CHDI).
Pawan obtained her BA and MA in Comparative Religion from California State University.
Earth Desk Editor
Shreya Agrawal is a multimedia journalist at USC Annenberg who focuses on science, climate change, and environmental and social issues. She graduates from USC in 2023 with a dual bachelor’s degree in Geological Sciences and English, and a master’s degree in Journalism. She hopes to bridge gaps in climate communication and education through her work.
Erin Walton is a Research Assistant for USC Annenberg’s Center for Climate Journalism and Communication. She is currently enrolled in the Master of Communication Management program at USC Annenberg. Previously, she earned her BS in Communication from Cal Poly Pomona. Erin is also a staff writer for the Daily Trojan.
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