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 Anthony Adornato Journalism Anthony Adornato
Journalism, social media, language in disability laws, news coverage of disability issues


An award-winning communications professional, Adornato worked for 15 years in the journalism, digital media, and public relations fields before transitioning to higher education. He served as a television news anchor, reporter, and producer and worked at various stations in New York, including WSTM-TV, the NBC affiliate in Syracuse, where he anchored the market’s top-rated morning news broadcast.

His research focuses on how the use of social media by journalists raises new ethical and professional dilemmas. Adornato has presented his work at national conferences of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication as well as the Broadcast Education Association.

He is also interested in news outlets’ coverage of disability issues, particularly framing of disability stories and the use of language in those reports. He has conducted workshops on this topic for journalists.

Research Focus

  • Journalists’ use of social media and the resulting impact on their work routines and news content
  • News coverage of disability issues
  • Framing of disability stories
  • The use of language in disability stories


“I think the public needs to understand that you can’t have information first and have it accurate at the same time.”

Mentions in the Media

  • U.S. News & World Report: “Your Professor, Your Computer, and You
  • The Student Voice: “All Inclusive: The Burton Blatt Institute Advocates for the Under-represented Disabled”
  • Examiner: “Making Learning Technologies Accessible to All”

Curriculum Vitae for Anthony Adornato

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University of Missouri
M.A., Journalism-Media Management, 2012

Syracuse University
B.S., Broadcast Journalism/Minor: Spanish, 1999