Grace Provenzano

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Grace Provenzano

ProvenzanoAssistant Professor, Digital Journalism

Grace Provenzano joined the Drake School of Journalism and Mass Communications as an Assistant Professor in Digital Journalism in 2015. She has extensive experience both in the classroom and in the television news industry. For the previous 13 years, she taught in the California State University system, on campuses in San Jose and San Francisco, specializing in news writing and documentary production courses. Professor Provenzano’s latest research focuses on news reporting and social media. She produced a series of video chapters on the subject and co-authored a textbook advancing the use of social media tools in traditional journalism. “Journalism Secrets to Social Media Storytelling & News Reporting” is in its first edition.

She does freelance reporting for KCCI-TV and is working on a documentary focusing on the diversity in Des Moines.

Professor Provenzano worked as a reporter, producer and news anchor for several television stations in the U.S. and for Deutsche Welle in Berlin. Her European-based stories covered major changes as a New World Order was taking place following the fall of the Berlin Wall. Once returning stateside, she produced daily segments for a PBS program in Phoenix, and often hosted a round-table discussion program at KAET-TV, called “Horizon.”

She earned her Masters of Mass Communication degree from the Walter Cronkite School at Arizona State University and her undergraduate degree from Michigan State University. Professor Provenzano also studied at the University of Vienna in Austria and University of Kent in Canterbury, England.