Rachele Kanigel is a professor of journalism at San Francisco State University, where she advises Golden Gate Xpress, the student newspaper, and teaches Newswriting, Reporting, Introduction to Online Journalism, News Entrepreneurship, The Contemporary Magazine, Magazine Writing and Magazine Editing. She also writes, mostly about health and medicine and about journalism education, for magazines and websites. She is a frequent contributor to PBS MediaShift.
She was a newspaper reporter for 15 years for daily newspapers, including The Oakland Tribune and The News & Observer of Raleigh, North Carolina and was a freelance correspondent for TIME magazine. She has also written for U.S. News and World Report, Prevention, Health, San Francisco Magazine, Organic Style, People, Reader’s Digest and other magazines.
She is a past president of the College Media Association, the leading voice of collegiate media and the professionals who work with college media organizations. Her book, The Student Newspaper Survival Guide, was published by Blackwell Publishing (now Wiley-Blackwell) in 2006; a redesigned and extensively updated second edition was published in 2011. She is currently working on The Diversity Style Guide, a book and website designed to help media professionals write with accuracy and authority about a complex, multicultural world.
In 2017, she was named a Fulbright Specialist and she is available to work with international institutions on short-term projects of two to six weeks related to journalism, journalism education and media entrepreneurship.
In 2006 she was named Journalism Educator of the Year, Four-Year Division, by the California Journalism Education Coalition and in 2010 she was given the Beverly Kees Educator Award by the Northern California chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. She is a member of SPJ, as well as the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Journalism & Women Symposium and the Online News Association.
She served as executive director of the Institute for Education in International Media (ieiMedia), which sponsors summer multimedia study-abroad programs. She has directed ieiMedia summer programs in Jerusalem (2013); Perpignan, France (2010 and 2011); and Urbino, Italy (2009) and taught storytelling in Cagli, Italy (2007). In 2018 she will teach in ieiMedia’s international reporting program in Jerusalem.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from San Francisco State University and a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
She lives in Oakland with her husband, Laird Harrison. They are the parents of two fine men, Dashiell and Trevor.