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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
E-mail: rspeter@mailbox.sc.edu
Phone: 803-777-5203
Fax: 803-777-4103
Office:

School of Journalism and Mass Communications
800 Sumter Street, Room 206
Columbia, SC 29208

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Education

M.S., Northwestern University

Background

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 for the national news desk at NBC News Channel in Charlotte, North Carolina. His stories are sent for use to all NBC stations and affiliates across the nation, MSNBC, The Weather Channel, Telemundo 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 on weekends, filling in for producers sent to London.  He now is a lead national feed producer on weekends and is responsible for providing the most important breaking stories in the U.S. to all NBC stations.

As a story producer for NBC News Channel, Peterson has written numerous stories about major news events throughout the years, including the George Zimmerman trial, Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crash in San Francisco, mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary, Penn State sex-abuse scandal, space shuttle Columbia disaster and the JFK Jr. plane crash.

Teaching

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.