Nicco Mele

Managing Director • Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
Last edited June 10, 2020

Nicco Mele is a lecturer in public policy and was previously the director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. He took over leadership of the Center in 2016, after serving as the Senior Vice President and Deputy Publisher of the Los Angeles Times where he focused on product, content, revenue, and audience development for all of the California News Group’s brands, including growing existing digital products and services, identifying possible acquisitions, developing new business opportunities and launching new products.

Prior to that, Mele served as the Wallis Annenberg Chair in Journalism at the University of Southern California. He is the author of The End of Big: How The Internet Makes David the New Goliath and co-founder of EchoDitto (now Echo & Co.), a leading internet strategy and consulting firm. Mele also is a board member of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard and a Senior Fellow at the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy.