ABC News correspondent Judy Muller has joined USC’s Annenberg School for Communication as an assistant professor of journalism.

Muller will continue as a contributing correspondent for ABC News, where her reports appear on broadcasts such as “Nightline” and “World News Tonight With Peter Jennings.” She also serves as a commentator for National Public Radio.

Journalism school director Michael Parks called Muller “a first-rate reporter and writer.”

“Her experience as a network news correspondent and public radio commentator will provide an outstanding opportunity for our students to learn from one of the very best in the profession,” he said.

Muller has been with ABC News since 1990, covering stories such as the Rodney King trial, Los Angeles riots, Northridge earthquake and O.J. Simpson case. She was a part of a “Nightline” team that won an Emmy for its Simpson coverage.

Before ABC, she spent nine years at CBS News, where she worked on “CBS News Sunday Morning” and “CBS Weekend News.” She also anchored for CBS News Radio.

Muller is author of “Now This … Radio, Television and the Real World,” a reflection on her life as a journalist. And she’s no stranger to instruction, having taught high school English before starting her journalism career.

“We are continuing to build an outstanding faculty that includes world-class scholars, award-winning professionals and exceptional teachers,” Annenberg dean Geoffrey Cowan said of Muller’s hire.