Journalists in the Making
Robert Rizzuto

Robert Rizzuto

Robert Rizzuto is an undergraduate news-editorial major who relocated to West Virginia from Jamestown, New York in 2004. He became involved with the Katrina Project because he wanted to enable the victims of Hurricane Katrina to tell their stories, without network commentary.

After watching the destruction that the storm brought and the suffering of New Orleans residents on TV for more than a week, Rizzuto was eager for the chance to document their experiences so future generations will have insight into one of the worst natural disasters in US history.

Since transferring to WVU, Rizzuto has taken on a variety of projects. In June, he traveled to Monroe County, W. Va. to train reporters for the county’s only radio station, WHFI-FM. He also helped write and develop a training manual for future reporters at the station.

Currently he freelances for WV Public Radio and his reports can be heard in their West Virginia Morning news show.

“My goal is to become a convergence reporter, capable of reporting for any medium,” Rizzuto said. “The art of storytelling can be transposed to any format, as long as there’s an audience.”