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Joseph F. Peyronnin

Associate Professor of Journalism, Media Studies, and Public Relations


MBA, 1978, Roosevelt Univ; BA, 1970, Columbia Coll


Joe Peyronnin is an associate journalism professor at Hofstra University, as well as an adjunct journalism professor at New York University.  He is also a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, where he regularly writes about politics and the media drawing upon his decades of experience as a network news executive and Washington producer.

In 1999, he founded Telemundo Network News and served as its executive vice president until 2006. There he created and launched several Spanish language news programs, including Sin Fronteras, Noticiero Telemundo Fin De Semana, Enfoque, and A Rojo Vivo. He led Telemundo to its first national Emmy Award for round-the-clock coverage of the terrorist attack on New York's World Trade Center.

From 1996 to 1998, he was a media and communications consultant at Osgood, O'Donnell & Walsh, advising corporate 500 firms on communications strategy. 

In 1995 and 1996, he was president of Fox News, where he put together the core organization of what would become the Fox News Channel. He also created Fox News Sunday and oversaw several news specials.  

Prior to that, Peyronnin served six years, 1989-1995, as vice president and assistant to the president CBS News, the division's number two executive, where he oversaw global newsgathering and news programming, including 60 Minutes, 48 Hours, Sunday Morning, The CBS Evening News, Sunday Morning and CBS This Morning.

Before being promoted to New York, Peyronnin served as CBS News vice president and Washington bureau chief for two years.  He was heavily involved in the network's political coverage of the 1988 elections.  

From 1979 to 1986 he worked at The CBS Evening News, first for Walter Cronkite and then Dan Rather, as a producer and then as senior Washington producer.  He served as a White House producer during the Reagan and Carter presidencies, and regularly covered Congress, political conventions and national elections. He also covered major international assignments, including all US-Soviet summits, economic summits, and Israel's 1981 invasion of Lebanon from Beirut. In 1984, he covered President Reagan's trip to China, Germany, and the Soviet Union.  He produced a series of reports for the Evening News in 1984 from inside the Soviet Union. During his broadcast news career he met every U.S. president from Richard Nixon to George W. Bush.  From 1976-79 he was a Chicago based producer for the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite.  Peyronnin first joined CBS in 1970 as a local news producer and assignment editor in Chicago. 

Peyronnin's awards and recognitions include the 2016-17 Teacher of the Year, awarded by Hofstra's Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, the 2012 Honorary Faculty Member of the Year award from Lambda Pi Eta (communications honor society) at Hofstra University, 2004 Special Award from the Mental Health Association of New York City, 2002 Emmy Award, 1994 Who's Who in America, 1990 George Polk Award, and a 1976 Emmy Award.  Peyronnin is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, is vice chairman of the Mental Health Association of New York City Board, and is a Trustee at Gracie Square Hospital.

Teaching Interests

Journalism, broadcast and multimedia

Research Interests

Broadcast and digital journalism

Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
JRNL 170 INTERNSHIPS Undergraduate
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