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College of Information and Communications

Faculty and Staff

Kirstin Pellizzaro, Ph.D.

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: School of Journalism and Mass Communications
College of Information and Communications
Phone: 803-576-5914
Office: School of Journalism and Mass Communications

800 Sumter Street, Room 126
Columbia, SC 29208
Resources: Curriculum Vitae
Kirstin Pellizzaro


B.A., Mass Communication, University of Illinois at Springfield
M.S., Mass Communication, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Ph.D., Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University


Dr. Kirstin Pellizzaro's research centers around journalists' use of social media and self-disclosures on their professional pages. A journalist's job is to tell the stories of others but what happens when they discuss themselves? Her dissertation focuses on journalists who have suffered illness or personal hardship and how they navigate between a profoundly personal expression of firsthand events while maintaining their professional persona with their audience.

Other research focuses on parasocial interaction with online audiences. Pellizzaro tries to understand what leads audience members to build interpersonal relationships with a journalist(s) through social media.


When teaching journalistic skills, Pellizzaro, believes repetition and discussion are key. She creates exercises that represent real work scenarios that our journalism students will encounter after graduation. The media content they produce can only get better through consistent practice and discussion about what went well and what could be better. Pellizzaro comes to us from Arizona State University where she is finishing her Ph.D. in journalism and mass communications. At ASU, she brought years of professional experience to her Broadcast News Producing classes. Here at USC, she will continue to bring her industry experience to her Intermediate reporting course.

Recent Publications

Pellizzaro, K. (2019, Aug. 9). TV Anchors and Reporters' use of Emotional Labor: Professional Control Over Personal Health Disclosures Online. Paper to be presented at the annual Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Conference in Toronto, Canada. *** Winner of the Guido Stempel Award

Kwon, K. H., Chadha, M., Pellizzaro, K. (2017). Proximity and Terrorism News in Social Media: A Construal-Level Theoretical Approach to Audience Framing of Terrorism in Twitter. Mass Communication and Society, 20(6), 869-894.

Pellizzaro, K. (2018, April 10) Themes in Online Narrative Health Messages by TV Anchor and Reporters: A Qualitative Approach. Dissertation-in-Progress presented at the annual Broadcast Education Association Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

Pellizzaro, K. (2017, Oct. 7) Promotion and Transparency: An Exploratory Study of Broadcast Journalists on Facebook. Paper presented at the Symposium of the Southwest Education Council for Journalism and Mass Communication in Phoenix, AZ.

Pellizzaro, K., Gimbal, A. (2017, Aug. 11) Parasocial Interaction: Extending the Effect to Online Consumers. Paper presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in Chicago, IL.

Pellizzaro, K. (2017, April 23). An Exploratory Case Study of Broadcast Journalists: Motivations Behind Self-Disclosing Content on Professional Social Networking Platforms. Research-in-Progress presented at the annual Broadcast Education Association Conference, Las Vegas, NV.


When Pellizzaro is not working on research or teaching, she continues her work as a broadcast producer. Most recently, she joined Arizona PBS producing segments for their science show, Catalyst. She also served on the University Hearing Board and aided students in the Barrett Honors Society at Arizona State University.


Pellizzaro is new to Columbia. She moved here from Arizona with her partner Kirk and their cat Obi (named after the Jedi master).

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.