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College of Information and Communications

Faculty and Staff

Rick Peterson

Title: Senior Instructor
Department: School of Journalism and Mass Communications
College of Information and Communications
Phone: 803-777-5203
Fax: 803-777-4103
Office: School of Journalism and Mass Communications
800 Sumter Street, Room 206
Columbia, SC 29208


M.S., Northwestern University


Rick Peterson has spent more than 30 years working in television news.  For a decade, he worked as a television reporter in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  And since 1999, he has freelanced as a story producer and supervising producer for the news desk at NBC News Channel in Charlotte, North Carolina. His stories are sent for use to all NBC affiliates across the nation and television networks around the world.  He worked as a web content producer for an NBC pilot project in 2009-2010 that involved more than 30 NBC affiliate websites.  During the 2012 Summer Olympics, Peterson managed the foreign news desk, filling in for producers sent to London.  

As a story producer for NBC News Channel, Peterson has written numerous stories about major news events throughout the years, including the space shuttle Columbia disaster, JFK Jr. plane crash, numerous 9/11 terrorist attack follow-up stories, presidential campaigns (Bush, Gore, Kerry, Obama, McCain, Romney, Clinton, Trump and Biden), George Zimmerman trial, Asiana Airlines crash in San Francisco, COVID-19 pandemic coverage, Judge Brett Kavanaugh hearings, Judge Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the Supreme Court, Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and numerous mass shootings (Orlando, El Paso, Buffalo, Uvalde and Colorado Springs). 


Peterson has taught in the Broadcast Senior capstone program since 1997.  He enjoys helping students find ways to thrive in the high-pressure, deadline driven environment of TV news.  He was a finalist for the Michael J. Mungo Undergraduate Teaching award.  He has been nominated for two Emmy awards and has won awards from United Press International and the Society of Professional Journalists.

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