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SF State faculty available to comment on Meredith Viera 'Today Show' debut



Matt Itelson
SFSU Office of Public Affairs & Publications
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Press Release published by the Office of Public Affairs & Publications


Broadcasting professors have followed Viera, Katie Couric, 'Today Show' and related trends

SAN FRANCISCO, September 12, 2006 -- Several faculty members in San Francisco State University's Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts (BECA) Department are available to comment to the media about Meredith Viera's much-anticipated Sept. 13 debut as a host on NBC's "Today Show." Viera replaces Katie Couric, now the lead anchor on the CBS Evening News.

Each of these professors studies trends and issues in the television industry and broadcast journalism, and has followed the recent changes involving Viera, Couric, the "Today Show" and CBS News.

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Assistant Professor Melissa Camacho is an expert on feminist issues, cultural studies and mass media (with special expertise in television). Camacho's doctoral dissertation focused on feminist narratives in the popular television drama "Law and Order." Camacho can be reached at (415) 338-6526 (office) or She is available for interviews in Spanish in addition to English.

Associate Professor Miriam Smith is an expert on business, management and ethical aspects of the electronic media as well as Internet and intellectual property law. Before joining SF State, she practiced entertainment and business law in Los Angeles. Smith can be reached at (415) 338-1611 (office) or

About BECA
The largest and most influential program of its kind in the West, BECA has graduated some of the top names in broadcast journalism, entertainment television and new media, including Bay Area news anchors Ken Bastida and Frank Somerville, "Frasier" producer Peter Casey and CNN Headline News anchor Mike Galanos. BECA faculty members are authors of the most widely used textbooks on radio and television performance, broadcast news writing, television production, electronic field production, and media aesthetics. They have created respected dramatic works and documentaries, edited national academic journals, and contributed to scholarly publications. The department celebrated its 60th anniversary this year.


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