Guerrazzi, Diane


Guerrazzi, Diane

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Journalism and Mass Communications

Academic Rank

(Full) Professor

Year Retired from SJSU


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SJSU Greece & Italy

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Educational Background

University of Southern California, Journalism Department, MA in Print Journalism, 1982.

University of California at Berkeley, Italian and Political Science Departments, College of Letters & Science, BA in Italian and Political Science (double major), 1979.

University of Pisa, Italy, One year of graduate study, 1980-81,

University of Padova, Italy, One year of undergraduate study, 1977-78.

Teaching Experience

San Jose State University, School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Professor, 2008-22.

Santa Clara University, College of Communication, Academic-Year Lecturer, 2005-08.

Gavilan College, Adjunct Instructor, 2004-08.

Administrative and Professional Experience

California State University, Florence, Italy, Resident Director 2021-22.

Director & Principal Investigator, Republic of Georgia Media Education Program, US Department of State, 2017-18.

Director & Principal Investigator, Afghanistan Journalism Education Enhancement Program (AJEEP), US Department of State 2010-15.

Director, AJEEP Summer Skills Academy, Istanbul, Turkey, 2014.

Director, AJEEP Summer Skills Academy, Hyderabad, India, 2013.

Director, AJEEP Summer Skills Academy, Dubai, UAE, 2012.

KTVU-TV Oakland, CA. News reporter 1995- 2011.

KNTV-TV San Jose, CA. Anchor/reporter, 1992-1994.

KSBW-TV Salinas, CA. Anchor/reporter, 1987-1992.

WJKS-TV Jacksonville, FL. Anchor/reporter 1983-1984.

KRCR-TV Redding, CA. Anchor/reporter 1982-83.

KECY-TV El Centro, CA. Anchor/reporter/producer, 1982.


Leader of SJSU students to Italy and Greece to report on the refugee crisis, summer 2019.

Co-leader of SJSU students to Italy and Greece to report on the refugee crisis, summer 2018.

Co-leader of SJSU students to Italy and Greece to report on the refugee crisis, summer 2017.

Co-leader of SJSU students to Greece and Germany to report on the refugee crisis, summer 2016.

Co-leader of SJSU and University of Arizona students to the UAE and Oman to report on tourism, summer 2013.

Visited Afghanistan five times for teaching and curriculum reform at journalism departments at Balkh, Herat and Kabul Universities. 2012-15.

Leader of first-ever SJSU Study Abroad to the Middle East, Dubai & Sharjah, UAE, 2010.

Guest lecturer, Zayed University, Dubai, UAE. 2010.

Selected Publications

Guerrazzi, D., Grant, A.E., Wilkinson, J.S. and Zhu, Y., "Format Appears to Matter Less Than Story Salience," Newspaper Research Journal, June 2016 37:167-179.

Guerrazzi, D. and Gaber, H., ""Opening Oman" (documentary), 2014. Broadcast Education Association award of Excellence,

Personal Commentary

After 14 years at SJSU, Diane Guerrazzi retired at the rank of full professor and was granted the status of Faculty Emeritus. An Emmy-award winning television news reporter, she was the adviser to SJSU's Update News, taught newswriting, international journalism and courses in mass communication. The academic year 2021-2022, she was resident director for CSU International Programs in Florence, Italy. During her time at SJSU, she served as principal investigator of three major grants from the US State Department, totalling $2.5 million, to modernize journalism and journalism education in Afghanistan and the Republic of Georgia. She organized and directed journalism training academies in Turkey, India and the United Arab Emirates. Over the course of six summers, she led university students studying in Italy, Greece, Germany, Oman and the UAE. She now resides in Italy.


Guerrazzi, Diane