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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
Office Hours: Fall 2020 office hours will be held virtually Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. – noon or by appointment.
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 is a former television news producer. Her research centers around journalists’ use of social media and self-disclosures on their professional pages. She also studies the para-social phenomenon between journalists and their audience.


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 brings years of professional experience to her Broadcast News Reporting, Social Media and Mobile Journalism courses.

Recent Publications

Pellizzaro, K. & Liseblad, M. (2021, Nov 11). Reporting From My Home: Location Effect on the Para-Social Phenomenon and the News Broadcast Industry. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media. Online first issue:

Contributed to Invited Forum: Royal, C. (2020). Product Management in Journalism and Academia. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly.

Hull, K., Romney, M., Pellizzaro, K., & Walker, D. (2020, August) “It’s impossible:” Local sports broadcasters and the prospect of motherhood. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (AEJMC) 103rd Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA. *First Place Paper in the Sports Communication Interest Group.

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

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.

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.

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