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Dennis W. Mazzocco

Professor of Radio, Television, Film


PHD, 1996, Univ Calif San Diego; MA, 1991, California State Univ Fresno; BA, 1976, Seton Hall Univ


Professor Dennis W. Mazzocco, PhD, is a multi-Emmy Award winning director and veteran broadcaster with four U.S. networks (ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX). Dr. Mazzocco is the recipient of 11 Emmy Awards (among 23 career Emmy nominations) and the Franklin J. Schaffner Achievement Award, a lifetime achievement award from the Directors Guild of America (DGA). He also shares a DGA Awards nomination and George Foster Peabody Award nomination for ABC 2000—which garnered one of the largest TV audiences in history. His prolific career continues now with regular assignments on ABC News programs (Good Morning America, Nightline, and This Week with George Stephanopoulos).

In the classroom, Dr. Mazzocco is a past Hofstra University Distinguished Teacher of the Year, and now teaches courses in producing, directing, documentary studies, and industry practice. Several of his students went on to work with him as professional colleagues at the Olympics, the Academy Awards, with ABC News and the DGA. His students also earned a National Student Emmy Award for the sports documentary program they created in his advanced production class (Beyond the Game). His teaching approach encourages strong student creative and professional development along with collaborative team-building skills.

Dr. Mazzocco’s PhD scholarship on the labor struggle to unionize radio technicians during the New Deal received the distinguished Edwin Emery Award for exceptional historical research from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), and he has appeared as a guest speaker at Harvard University, the University of California, San Diego, University of Washington, and other academic and/or industry venues in South Korea, Chicago, San Francisco, and Miami, among others. He is the author of the critically acclaimed book, Networks of Power: Corporate TV's Threat to Democracy, and been interviewed on US media practice(s) by The New York Times, Reuters, The Christian Science Monitor, Hollywood Reporter, Variety, DGA Monthly, Des Moines Register, Newsday, Japan's Asahi Shimbun, NBC News, Pacifica Broadcasting, and the Australian Radio Network.

An expert on industry trends and developments, Dr. Mazzocco was first elected to the Directors Guild board of directors in 2005, the creative guild representing directors and their teams in film, television and streaming media. He is very proud to be the only tenured PhD professor to serve on the DGA board since its founding, and also on a record number of six network television negotiations committees. He has also been elected to six consecutive terms as a regional council chair, and is a continuing contributor to several important DGA committees (Special Projects, Contract Waivers, Disciplinary, Internal Complaints, and the Schaffner Awards). For nine years, he also served as a blue-ribbon judge for the national Sports Emmy Awards.

Currently an elected officer with the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) and the AAUP’s national Collective Bargaining Congress (CBC) in Washington, D.C, Dr. Mazzocco serves as the CBC secretary which provides leadership in AAUP collective bargaining for 75 university union chapters with over 30,000 faculty members. Dr. Mazzocco served for nine years as the chapter president of the Hofstra-AAUP Chapter, the nation’s largest private university faculty union (2009-2018).

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