Francesca Viola teaches courses in broadcast news writing, TV news reporting, and journalism and the law. She has many years experience in TV news reporting and producing but began her career in print as a reporter for the Germantown Courier. Later she worked as a writer for KYW-TV Eyewitness News (now CBS-3), then became associate producer of the first 10 o’clock news program in the Philadelphia market at Fox-29. While there, Viola was a part of the Emmy Award–winning team that covered the fire at the Meridian Building, one of the worst fires in Philadelphia history. While a reporter for another startup newscast, Inquirer News Tonight, she earned a law degree from Widener University and is now a licensed attorney. She then specialized in legal news reporting and worked later as a freelance producer for ABC’s World News Tonight and Good Morning America before joining the faculty at Temple.
Viola’s interests include the nexus between emerging media and the law’s response to it, as well as the effect of the internet on broadcast journalism. She lives in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, with her husband and two children.