__Nicco Angelo Mele__ (born September 25, 1977) is an United States academic, writer, and businessman. He was the Director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, an academic research center in the Harvard Kennedy School at Harvard University that examines media policy and innovation. Mele was previously a senior executive at the Tribune Media Company and deputy publisher at the Los Angeles Times and, prior, the founder and chief executive of Echo&Co, a digital and political consulting firm born out of the presidential campaign for Howard Dean. Earlier, he was the head webmaster for Dean's campaign - wikipedia
Mele is widely published on matters exploring the intersection of internet policy, new media, journalism and politics. In 2013, his first non-fiction book, "The End of Big", which explored the consequences of our development as a socially-connected society, was published by St. Martin's Press. Mele also predicted Donald Trump's electoral success very early on.
Mele is well known as an entrepreneur and investor in innovative businesses in technology and politics. He also serves on a number of private and nonprofit boards, including the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. He is also co-founder of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival. He previously served as the Wallis Annenberg Chair in Journalism at the University of Southern California. In 2005, Esquire (magazine) named Mele one of the "best and brightest" in America and is a frequent expert speaker and social commentator on the societal impacts of technology and the future of journalism. Mele is an Advisory Board Member of Spirit of America (charity), a 501(c)(3) organization that supports the safety and success of Americans serving abroad and the local people and partners they seek to help.