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College of Information and Communications

Faculty and Staff

Andy Burns

Title: Instructor
Department: School of Journalism and Mass Communications
College of Information and Communications
Phone: 803-262-6016
Office: School of Journalism and Mass Communications
800 Sumter Street, Room 210
Columbia, SC 29208


B.A.  Economics, University of North Carolina
M. Div., Union Theological Seminary
M.S., Broadcast Journalism, Northwestern University


Andy Burns' focus is on de-mystifying the process of journalism — stripping away the rules, guidelines, "must-dos" — and reminding students the form is pretty simple: tell interesting and informative stories that benefit society. He also is interested in the "mini-documentary," having produced the Hidden Columbia series while at WOLO.


Burns is a native of Dalton, Georgia (Carpet Capital of the world — yes, really), a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill (go Heels!) and a former sixth grade teacher at Julia Roberts' middle school. Burns first came to Columbia as a morning/noon anchor and reporter at WOLO-TV, and was invited to teach a class as an adjunct faculty member at USC. This year, he joins the university full time. He has previous reporting experience in Charleston, the District of Columbia, Chicago and (as a traffic reporter) in New York City.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.