David Hazinski, former NBC correspondent and Vietnam veteran, spoke in Dodie Cantrell-Bickley’s writing class as a guest lecturer on Monday, Jan. 9. Hazinski, an associate professor at Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Georgia, offered students advice about the world of journalism and a brief autobiography about his personal and professional careers.
Hazinski grew up in Pennsylvania with his Polish family playing football and trying not to fail high school. After dropping out of college he joined the Navy in 1968 and was shipped out to Alaska to track the Soviet Navy fleets during the Vietnam war. Hazinski decided he wanted to be a journalist while he was there; however, he knew he need to work much harder to accomplish that goal.
After the war Hazinski finished his bachelor’s degree at Duquesne University and started his journalism career in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1973. He worked at WSOC-TV as a reporter until he threw a typewriter out the window about four years later. Hazinski moved back to Pittsburgh and worked as a correspondent at WPXI-TV and earned his Masters of Educational Communications and Technology at University of Pittsburgh in 1980. Finally, Hazinski worked as an international network news correspondent for NBC based in the Atlanta, Georgia. He was responsible for hard news coverage in the Southeastern United States and Central America.
Hazinski has spent about 30 years at Grady college teaching upper level courses in radio/television news production, broadcast news writing, documentary production and advanced television news. He is also the CEO of Intelligent Media Consultants, LLC, a consulting, training and technology company that has helped launch television networks across the world.