Bierbauer has been dean of the College of Mass Communications
and Information Studies since it was created in 2002 with the
uniting of its School of Journalism and Mass Communications and
School of Library and Information Science.
Bierbauer came to the University of South Carolina after an
award-winning, globe-trotting journalism career. Much as the
college now spans the continuum from information seeking to multimedia
communication, Bierbauer’s career also has covered a broad
range of media experience.
From 1981-2001, Bierbauer was a correspondent for CNN in Washington.
For nine years, he covered the Reagan and Bush administrations
as CNN’s senior White House correspondent. He joined CNN
as its Pentagon correspondent, covered five presidential campaigns
from 1984-2000, and spent five terms as the network’s Supreme
As early as his college days, he was a newsman for WKAP radio
in Allentown, Pa., and a part-time reporter for his hometown
newspaper, The (Allentown) Morning Call. He was a wire service
reporter with the Associated Press in Pittsburgh from 1967-68
and a correspondent in Bonn, Germany, for the Chicago Daily News.
In all, Bierbauer has lived in seven other countries and reported
from scores. From 1977-81, he was an overseas correspondent for
ABC News, first as Moscow Bureau Chief and later as the Bonn
Bureau chief. Prior to that, he worked in Vienna, Bonn, London
and Philadelphia for Westinghouse Broadcasting. He was a free-lance
reporter in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, in 1968-69 while on an Edward
R. Murrow Fellowship.
In 2001, Bierbauer was reporter and producer for a Discovery
Channel documentary on the World Trade Center/Pentagon attacks.
In 1997, he won an Emmy for anchoring CNN coverage of the 1996
Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta. He also is a recipient of the
ACE Award from the Association for Cable Excellence and the Overseas
Press Club Award for reporting of the 1973 Yom Kippur War.
Bierbauer has twice received the Excellence in Teaching award
from USC’s Mortar Board honor society. He was nominated
in 2006 and 2012 by students in his Media & Politics class,
a course that gets behind the scenes to explore how news is made
and covered in the local and national political arenas.
Bierbauer is a graduate of Penn State, where he earned a bachelor's
degree in Russian as well as bachelor's and master's degrees
in journalism. Penn State has honored him as a distinguished
alumnus and alumni fellow.
He remained involved with Penn State as a lecturer in its Washington
studies program, on the College of Communications Board of Visitors
and as a member of the alumni association's Communications Advisory
He served as a member of the national Council for Media & Public
Affairs at George Washington University and is on the advisory
board for the Washington Center for Politics and Journalism.
USC has recognized him as an honorary life member of the Carolina
Dean Bierbauer is married to Susanne Schafer, formerly the Pentagon
correspondent for The Associated Press. He has four children
and eight grandchildren.