USC Annenberg's Media Center Named for CBS' Leslie Moonves, Julie Chen

by Raphael Chestang 5:12 PM PST, February 26, 2015
Playing USC Annenberg's Media Center Named for CBS' Leslie Moonves, Julie Chen

The Talk's Julie Chen and her husband, president and CEO of CBS Corp. Leslie Moonves, gave ET's Kevin Frazier a tour of the new state-of-the-art media center at USC now bearing their names.

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The two-story Media Center at USC's Wallis Annenberg Hall has been formally named the Julie Chen/Leslie Moonves and CBS Media Center after the couple made a donation to the university.

"I didn't go to S.C., but my wife did," said Mooves, who attended Bucknell University in Pennsylvania. "Happy wife, happy life."

Chen graduated from USC Annenberg with a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism and English.

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"This place really represents the future of journalism," Moonves added.

The 20,000-square-foot facility combines Annenberg's student-run digital, broadcast, radio and public relations and allows journalism and communication students to share material and expertise among platforms by using up-to-the-minute technologies.

"This generous gift from Julie Chen and Les Moonves prepares today's communication and journalism students for the world of tomorrow by mastering cross-discipline technology in a real world setting," said USC President C. L. Max Nikias. "The new Chen/Moonves and CBS Media Center is the centerpiece of innovation in a building, the Wallis Annenberg Hall, that represents innovative thinking."

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Frazier was in awe of the facility's signature feature, which is also its most visible one: a glassed-in video broadcast studio.

"This whole studio swings 180 degrees so you have the backdrop of campus of what's going on outside or what's going on inside," Chen said. "This is just their norm!"