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College of Information and Communications

Faculty and Staff

Charles Bierbauer

Title: Distinguished Professor and Dean Emeritus
Department: School of Journalism and Mass Communications
College of Information and Communications

Curriculum Vitae



B.A., Journalism, The Pennsylvania State University
B.A., Russian, The Pennsylvania State University
M.A., Journalism, The Pennsylvania State University


Charles Bierbauer joined the University of South Carolina College of Information and Communications as dean in 2002 after a more than 30-year-career in journalism. He stepped down as dean July 31, 2017, and is now retired. Bierbauer is the host of SCETV’s weekly public affairs show, "This Week in South Carolina."

Bierbauer has lived in seven other countries and reported from scores. He received a 1996 news and documentary Emmy for CNN coverage of the Olympic Park bombing. 


As a former political correspondent, Bierbauer focuses on the intersection of media and politics, whether at city hall, the State House or the White House. He retains an interest in the development of media in the former Soviet Union and serves on the US-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission task force on media. 


Initiative for South Carolina’s Future — co-PI, Carnegie Corporation grant, 2009-12.


Bierbauer draws on his extensive experience as a CNN political correspondent and an ABC News foreign correspondent.  His course on Media & Politics often includes a behind-the-scenes opportunity to meet newsmakers and newsbreakers in Washington.  He has also led special topics courses to European capitals. Bierbauer is the recipient of two Mortar Board awards for teaching excellence.  

Recent Publications and Presentation

Bierbauer, C. (2014). Advertising in strong journalistic environments is never a good idea. Advertising and Society. Carol J. Pardun (Ed.). West Sussex, UK: Wiley Blackwell

Bierbauer, C. (2011). When everything is classified, nothing is classified. Wake Forest Journal of Law & Policy, 1. 21-30.

Bierbauer, C. (2009). Bush v. Gore 2000. A good quarrel, America’s top legal reporters share stories from inside the supreme court. Timothy R. Johnson and Jerry Goldman (Eds.).  Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press. 

Bierbauer, C. (2009).  The Future of Media Convergence.  Understanding media convergence: the state of the field. August Grant and Jeffrey Wilkinson (Eds.).  New York, NY:  Oxford University Press.

Bierbauer, C.  (2013).  JFK Assassination, 50 years later: a media view.  Presented at the Inns of Court, SC Bar, Columbia, SC. 


Sub-working group on mass media, US-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission, St. Petersburg, Russia

Member, SC Commission on Ethics Reform

Advisory board, Columbia Opportunity Resource (COR)

Knight community advisory board, Central Carolina Community Foundation

Member, SC Bar Commission on Judicial Independence and Impartiality

Former advisory board,

Former judge, Conoco Phillips Energy Prize

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