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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 (Ph.D. University of California San Diego) is an Emmy Award winning director, producer, and writer in news (Good Morning America, This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Nightline), sports (12 Olympics, Super Bowl, NFL on Fox, World Series), and entertainment (Oscars, Dancing with Stars, Jimmy Kimmel). Dr. Mazzocco is the recipient of ten Emmy Awards (among 20 career Nominations) and the prestigious Franklin J. Schaffner Achievement Award, a lifetime honor from the Directors Guild of America. He also shares a George Foster Peabody Award and a Directors Guild Nomination for ABC 2000, for his contributions to the 23-hour ABC News documentary which chronicled the new Millennium around the world. The program was viewed by an estimated 175 million--one of the largest TV audiences in history.

Dr. Mazzocco is an elected member of the Board of Directors of the Directors Guild of America (DGA) that guides the 16,000+ member union with its assets of over $3 billion. He enjoys the unique honor of being the only tenured Ph.D. university professor ever elected to the DGA Board, and is now an active member on several key Guild committees: Waivers, Disciplinary, Website Advisory, Residency, Reality Programs, as well as the DGA Political Action Committee. Dr. Mazzocco was elected to a fifth consecutive DGA Board term in 2017, and previously served as Eastern Council Chair six times; he has served on five DGA Network Negotiating Committees representing Guild employees at ABC, NBC, and CBS. For nine years, he was a Blue Ribbon judge for the national sports Emmy Awards.

In the classroom, Dr. Mazzocco's innovative teaching encourages students to widen their creative vision and expand their imaginative power blending theory and practice. He is a former Distinguished Teacher of the Year, as elected by the graduating students from the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication at Hofstra University where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in producing, directing, writing, genres, documentary studies, and media aesthetics. His students have garnered national recognition for their work in the classroom including a National Student Emmy Award, and many alums later worked with him professionally as colleagues after graduation at the Olympics, the Academy Awards, ABC News, and DGA Offices in New York.

Dr. Mazzocco is the author of the critically acclaimed book, Networks of Power: Corporate TV's Threat to Democracy. His Ph.D. dissertation focused on the labor struggles to organize U.S. radio technicians during the New Deal. That original scholarship ultimately earned the Edwin Emery Award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) for exceptional historical research. His writings have also appeared in scholarly publications such as Canadian Journal of Media Studies, Critical Studies in Mass Communication, Journal of Radio, and Critical Sociology, and he has been an invited speaker on media analysis/history at Harvard University, University of California, San Diego, and for labor groups such as the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians (NABET), among others. He has also been interviewed by a diverse range of media outlets such as Reuters, The Christian Science Monitor, Hollywood Reporter, Variety, the DGA Monthly, Des Moines Register, Pacifica, NBC, Newsday, Japan's Asahi Shimbun, and the Australian Radio Network.

A well-respected union activist in areas of academic freedom, tenure, and shared governance in higher education, Dr. Mazzocco currently serves as an elected officer on the executive committee of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). He is the Treasurer of the national AAUP's Collective Bargaining Congress (CBC) which steers collective bargaining activities for over 33,000 faculty union members at 75 university chapters across the nation. Dr. Mazzocco is the elected president of the Hofstra-AAUP Chapter, the faculty union representing more than 750 full-time and adjunct professors at Hofstra University. 

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