What do the TV shows American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, Lost, and Sex and the City have in common? Monica Rizzo, a 1987 IUP Journalism Department alumna, is the answer.
Monica, who is from Pitcairn and Gateway High School, now is a senior writer for People magazine in Los Angeles, whose main beat—television—has included those shows and others, such as Spin City, Ally McBeal, The Practice, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. She also covers the Disney Channel.
She will share stories of her adventures in the TV/entertainment/magazine-journalism world of Hollywood with IUP Journalism majors at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 21, 2009, in Beard Auditorium in Stouffer Hall. All IUP students, faculty, and staff are invited.
Earlier that day and during the next day, too, Monica will make presentations to five sections of Journalism classes: Feature Writing, Magazine Principles (two sections), and Entertainment Public Relations (two sections).
Her experience in journalism includes stints with the Indiana Gazette, Sports Illustrated, and Us Weekly. She has written ten teen-entertainment books and is working on her first mass-market hard-cover biography with Cheryl Burke from Dancing With the Stars.
She lives in the Los Angeles suburb of Sherman Oaks with her husband and seven-year-old son.