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  • Cristina Azocar

    Department Chair, Associate Professor, Faculty Adviser

    In 2001, Cristina Azocar completed her doctorate in Communication Studies at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, joining a miniscule number of Native American PhDs in mass communication. Her research explores news coverage of people of color and its impact on public perception. She is a member of the Upper Mattaponi Tribe.


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  • Ana Lourdes Cárdenas

    Assistant Professor

    Lourdes Cárdenas is an assistant professor of San Francisco State University. Se has been a binational journalist for more than 25 years working as an editor, producer, correspondent and reporter for American and Mexican media in print, television and online publications. Her working experience includes being a producer for the CNN bureau in Mexico City, being editor for Al Día, the Spanish publication of The Dallas Morning, as well as being founder and editor of SomosFrontera.com, an online Spanish publication of El Paso Times. She also worked for Mexico newspapers El Universal and La Jornada. She is the author of the book "Marihuana. El viaje a la legalización", that analyzes the process of legalizing marijuana in the U.S. and its repercussions to drug trafficking and organized crime in countries such as Mexico. She has a Master’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Southern California and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Texas at El Paso. She was a 2001 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. She has taught journalism at the University of Texas at El Paso. Her research and teaching interests focus on the impact of violence and drugs across the US-Mexico border and the process of legalizing drugs. She also has focuses on issues related to immigration and the changing face of America; the Hispanic press in the United States and the impact of new media and new technologies in journalism.

  • Harriet Chiang

    Lecturer

    Harriet Chiang is an award-winning veteran journalist who has done both newspaper and broadcast reporting and commentary. For many years, she was the legal affairs writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, covering the O.J. Simpson murder trial, sexual harassment in the workplace and death penalty appeals, among many other high-profile cases. She was the beat reporter on the California Supreme Court and also covered the U.S. Supreme Court. In addition to extensive speaking appearances, she has taught journalism classes at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, as well as at San Francisco State for many years. More recently, she has been a communications and marketing writer and editor for major law firms. She has a law degree from UC’s Hastings College of the Law and an undergraduate degree from Berkeley.

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    Kevin M. Cox

    Academic Office Coordinator

  • Sachi Cunningham

    Assistant Professor, Faculty Advisor

    Previously she was a staff video journalist at the Los Angeles Times, where she covered national and international stories. Prior to the Times, Cunningham worked on the staff of the PBS news documentary series FRONTLINE and FRONTLINE/World, where she covered stories around the world. The Emmys, Webbys and Pictures of the Year International, among others, have honored Cunningham’s work.

  • Roland De Wolk

    Senior Lecturer

    Co-created SF State's first online curriculum in 1994, among the very first original online journalism production courses in the nation. A multiple award-winning journalist, Roland is a long-time newspaper reporter, and broadcast reporter specializing in investigative projects. Magazines, newspapers and online publications in the U.S. and around the world have published his work. De Wolk is now principally an author, with three books already published, including the first online journalism university textbook.

  • Jon Funabiki

    Professor, Faculty Advisor

    In addition to teaching, Jon Funabiki is executive director of Renaissance Journalism, which sponsors local and national social justice journalism initiatives. A career media specialist, he been an international news reporter for The San Diego Union, executive director of the Center for Integration and Improvement of Journalism and deputy director of Media, Arts and Culture for The Ford Foundation, one of the world’s leading philanthropic institutions. Funabiki also directs the university’s Lab for Media and Community.

  • Jesse Garnier

    Assistant Professor, Faculty Adviser

    Teaches introductory multimedia, data journalism and advanced multimedia, including 360-degree video. Founder of SFBay.ca, an award-winning Bay Area news startup founded in 2011. Previously, Garnier was senior web developer in the bioengineering department at Stanford University, and directed graphics staff in New York for the Associated Press, including coverage of 9/11 and the Iraq war. A San Francisco native, Garnier has led newsroom online operations for both the San Francisco Chronicle and the Hearst-owned Examiner.

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    David Greene

    Lecturer

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    Sibylla Herbrich

    Lecturer

    Sibylla is an award-winning Bay Area photojournalist and former photo editor. Her work has been published in national and international publications as well as photojournalism textbooks and has been featured in numerous gallery exhibitions.

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    Rachele Kanigel

    Associate Professor, Faculty Adviser

    Rachele Kanigel 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 is author of “The Student Newspaper Survival Guide" and is editor of The Diversity Style Guide.

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    Kim Komenich

    Assistant Professor, Faculty Advisor

  • Don Menn

    Lecturer

    Edited Guitar Player and Multimedia World; freelanced for Harper's, San Francisco Magazine, The San Jose Mercury News, The San Francisco Chronicle; wrote liner notes for Jimi Hendrix and Frank Zappa; edited numerous books; published poetry and fiction; helped launch several award-winning periodicals.

  • Laura Moorhead

    Assistant Professor, Faculty Advisor

    Worked as a journalist for 20 years, most recently as a contributing editor at PBS Frontline/World and as a senior editor at Wired, where she was on staff for 12 years. She has written for TED and IDEO. Laura also holds a Ph.D. from Stanford’s Learning Sciences & Technology Design program, as well as a master’s from Stanford and a bachelor’s from Ball State University. Her research considers questions around media literacy and open access to information.

  • Beth Renneisen

    Lecturer

    Is an award-winning visual journalist, writer and illustrator. Former Graphics Editor at the Marin Independent Journal in Marin County and contributing features writer and photographer for Gannett News Service. Her expertise includes an emphasis on experimental approaches to digital design, including animation, virtual worlds and interactive graphics, particularly on mobile devices.

  • Scot Tucker

    Lecturer, Information Technology Consultant

    Teaches photojournalism courses in the department. He has worked as a staff photographer at the Napa Valley Register and as a freelance photographer for The San Mateo County Times, San Francisco Examiner and the Associated Press. He worked as a Picture Editor from 2001-2009 for SFGate.com.

  • Venise Wagner

    Associate Professor, Faculty Adviser

    A former reporter with the San Francisco Chronicle and Hearst-owned San Francisco Examiner specialized in coverage of the Bay Area’s African American communities, economic development, culture and education. She is author of the memoir, “Love in the Time of Pinochet” and is working on the book, "Reporting Inequality: Tools and Methods for Covering Race and Ethnicity," which offers tools and reporting strategies to better cover structural inequities that lead to racial disparities.

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    Jim Wagstaffe

    Lecturer

    Is a litigation attorney who specializes in First Amendment and criminal cases. He has litigated numerous constitutional challenges to state and federal law. He is the co-author of “Commencing and Removing Actions of Federal Court.” He also represents [X]press student publications.

  • Yumi Wilson

    Associate Professor, Faculty Adviser

    A former deputy readers’ representative (ombudsperson) at the San Francisco Chronicle; former reporter for the Associated Press and the San Francisco Chronicle. Honors include, Fulbright Research Scholar in Japan, 2001. Her research interests include multi-ethnic family life, diversity issues in journalism and campaign finance.