Michael A. Rizzo

Assistant Professor
Michael Rizzo is the Director of the Journalism Program and an Assistant Professor at St. John’s University. He is also the former General Manager Manager/Executive Director for News and Sports at ABC News Radio, Executive Producer at ABC Sports Radio, a news writer, producer and sports director at ABC-TV News and Managing Editor at Fios1 News and News12. Professor Rizzo remains active in the news media to maintain his knowledge of industry trends. He is still affiliated with ABC News as a freelance managing editor, producer and writer and is a freelance reporter for The Tablet newspaper of the Diocese of Brooklyn and the Queens Courier newspaper. He has also written about teaching journalism for the Communicator, the newsletter of the Radio and Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). Under his leadership at ABC, ABC News and Sports Radio won numerous Edward R. Murrow awards from the RTDNA for writing, outstanding broadcasts and overall excellence. At ABC Radio, Rizzo was also the Executive Producer of The Fabulous Sports Babe Show and the syndicated Speaking of Sports commentary show by Keith Olbermann. Rizzo graduated from Fordham University with a BA in Communications where he was also the News Director at the school’s radio station, WFUV-FM. He also has an MBA from St. John’s University. He is the moderator for the St. John’s student chapter of Society of Professional Journalists, a board member of The Deadline Club, the New York City chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the New York State Coordinator for the RTDNA.

Teaching Interests

Experiential Learning, Citizen Journalism, Ethics and Objectivity in news reporting

Research Interests

Trends in modern journalism

Courses Taught

CAS
1235
BROADCAST JOURNALSM-TELEVISION
CAS
1353
WRITING FOR BROADCST JOURNALSM
COM
2204
SPORT BROADCASTING
COM
2402
THE BUSINESS OF RADIO
COM
2403
MANAGEMENT IN COMM
COM
3303
BROADCAST JOURN:TELEVISION
JOU
1000
INTRO TO JOURNALISM
JOU
1023
WRITING FOR BROADCST JOURNALSM
JOU
1024
BROADCAST JOURNALSM-TELEVISION
JOU
1500
THE HISTORY OF JOURNALISM
JOU
2300
NEWS REPRT/ WRIT PRINT ONLINE
JOU
2312
NEWS REPORT/WRIT TV & RADIO
JOU
3304
SPORTS WRITING
JOU
3312
ADV NEWS REPRT/WRIT TV & RADIO
JOU
3313
BROADCAST JOU: TELEVISION
JOU
4600
INDEPENDENT STUDY
JOU
4601
INDEPENDENT STUDY
JOU
4602
INDEPENDENT STUDY
JOU
4702
ADVANCED NEWSPAPER PRACTICUM
JOU
6100
INTRO TO MEDIA: JOURNALISM