Dean and Professor, College of Mass Communications and Information Studies
University of South Carolina, Columbia
Charles Bierbauer joined the University of South Carolina faculty and administration in 2002 after a more than 30-year-career in journalism. He has lived in seven other countries and reported from scores. He received a 1996 news and documentary Emmy for CNN coverage of the Olympic Park bombing. As dean, he oversees both the School of Journalism and Mass Communications and the School of Library and Information Science, which were united as a single college in 2002. In 2009-10, he served as the university’s interim vice-president for communications.
As a former political correspondent, Dean Bierbauer focuses on the intersection of media and politics, whether at city hall, the State House or the White House. He retains an interest in the development of media in the former Soviet Union and serves on the US-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission task force on media.
Dean Bierbauer draws on his extensive experience as a CNN political correspondent and an ABC News foreign correspondent. His course on Media & Politics often includes a behind-the-scenes opportunity to meet newsmakers and newsbreakers in Washington. He has also led special topics courses to European capitals. Dean Bierbauer is the recipient of two Mortar Board awards for teaching excellence.