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Professor and Chair of Journalism Department
San Francisco State University
(415) 338-3134


Teaching basic and advanced writing, reporting, editing and media entrepreneurship skills
Advising media organizations and training media professionals on inclusive content
Reporting, writing and editing for newspapers, websites and magazines
Specialty reporting in the fields of medicine, science and health
Directing journalism study-abroad


Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, M.S. (Mid-Career Master’s Program) 2002

San Francisco State University, B.A. in Journalism, 1983


Chair of Journalism Department, San Francisco State University, August 2019 to present

Fulbright Specialist, Royal Thimphu College, Bhutan, February-April 2019

Professor of Journalism, San Francisco State University, August 2017 to present

Associate Professor of Journalism, San Francisco State University, June 2008-July 2017

Executive Director, Institute for Education in International Media (ieiMedia), 2009-2011, 2012-13

Director, ieiMedia study-abroad program in Jerusalem, Summer 2013

Director, ieiMedia study-abroad program in Perpignan, France, Summer 2010-1011

Director, ieiMedia study-abroad program in Urbino Italy, Summer 2009

Assistant Professor of Journalism, San Francisco State University, January 2004-June 2008

Faculty Member, ieiMedia study-abroad program, Cagli, Italy, Summer 2007

Assistant Professor of Journalism and Media Analysis, California State University Monterey Bay, 2002-2003

Full-time Lecturer, Journalism Department, San Francisco State University, 1997-2001

Part-time Lecturer, Journalism Department, San Francisco State University, 1995-1996


Consultant/trainer/speaker, work with media organizations and communications professionals on inclusive content and diversity, equity and inclusion; develop workshops and conferences; create custom style guides, 2016 to present


Freelance Writer/Editor, 1997 to present — U.S. News & World Report, PBS MediaShift, Health, Natural Health, Hippocrates, Reader’s Digest, Organic Style, Prevention, Alternative Medicine, OnHealth.com, CNN.com, WebMD.com, New England Financial Journal

Freelance Correspondent, TIME, 1997-2002

Health and Science Reporter, The Oakland Tribune, Oakland, CA 1992-97

Medical Reporter, The News and Observer, Raleigh, NC 1990-92

Medical Reporter and Courts Reporter, Contra Costa Times, Walnut Creek, CA 1987-90

Reporter, The Valley Times, Pleasanton, CA 1984-87


Beverly Kees Journalism Educator Award, Society of Professional Journalists, Northern California Chapter

Journalism Educator of the Year (Four-Year Division), California Journalism Education Coalition, 2006

Medical Writer of the Year, North Carolina Medical Society, 1991

Professional Journalist Award for Best News Feature, American Cancer Society, North Carolina Division, 1991

Best General News, Individual Effort, Peninsula Press Club, 1990

Best Coverage of Health-Related Issues, National Newspaper Association, 1989

Best Health Reporting, Northern California Public Health Association, 1989


College Media Advisers (President, 2013-2015; Vice President, 2011-2013; Secretary 2008-2010)

Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication

California College Media Association (Founding Vice President)

Online News Association

Society of Professional Journalists

Associated Collegiate Press