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Broadcast Journalism Faculty

As a broadcast journalism major, you will take classes with many  School of Journalism and Mass Communications faculty. Here are just a few of the extraordinary faculty in your area of study. Click on the links to learn more about each of them.


Greg Brannon

A broadcast professional with more than 30 years in local TV news and sports entertainment, Brannon is an award-winning reporter, anchor and producer and the recipient of a Southeast Regional Emmy Award. He is a member of the faculty team that leads the journalism senior semester program.


Andy Burns

Andy Burns first came to Columbia as a morning/noon anchor and reporter at WOLO-TV. He has previous reporting experience in Charleston, the District of Columbia, Chicago and (as a traffic reporter) in New York City. He is interested in the "mini-documentary," having produced the Hidden Columbia series while at WOLO.


Kevin Hull, Ph.D.

Kevin Hull is a former television sports broadcaster who has reported live from the Super Bowl, Stanley Cup Finals and various other big (and small) sporting events. He is currently the lead instructor for the sports media programs within the college.

Kirstin Pellizzaro

Kirstin Pellizzaro, Ph.D.

Kirstin Pellizzaro is a social media and communications professional with over ten years of experience in both traditional and online news environments. Her background in reporting, videography, production, content creation, teaching, and research provides her with a unique set of skills to excel in many areas within the media industry.


Rick Peterson

Rick Peterson has overseen the award-winning Carolina News program for more than two decades. As a national news feed producer on weekends for NBC News in Charlotte, he is responsible for providing compelling national news stories, with an emphasis on breaking news, to NBC affiliates. As a story producer, he has written numerous stories about major news events, including the Pulse Nightclub massacre, the George Zimmerman trial and the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.

Manie Robinson

Manie Robinson

Manie Robinson is a seasoned storyteller, filmmaker and educator. He served as a sports reporter, columnist and video producer for The Greenville News and the USA Today Network. ​He was named the South Carolina Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sports Media Association in 2018 and 2019. He has won more than a dozen press association awards for video production, breaking news, enterprise reporting and opinion writing.


Laura K. Smith, Ph.D.

Laura Smith has more than 25 years of broadcast industry and university-level teaching experience. She teaches an array of courses focusing on multi-platform news, including writing, visual storytelling, newscast production and others. Before teaching, Smith spent more than 12 years working in television, primarily local TV news.

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