• 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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  • Eva Charles

    Advertising Sales Representative

    Eva is the Advertising Sales Representative for the Journalism Department student run publications, the Golden Gate Xpress newspaper, the Xpress Magazine and the news website at She started her career in advertising at FCB, Foote, Cone & Belding in San Francisco, shortly after she did national sales for the Spanish TV networks, UNIVISION & TELEMUNDO, followed by local sales for the 3rd Spanish TV Network, AZTECA AMERICA.

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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 and the among the very first original online journalism production courses in the nation. A multiple award-winning journalist, he is a long-time newspaper reporter, broadcast reporter specializing in investigative projects, and online journalism entrepreneur. Magazines, newspapers and online publications in the U.S. and around the world have published his work. Roland De Wolk is the author of three books, including the first online journalism university textbook ever published.

  • 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, 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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    Sibylla Herbrich


    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


    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


    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.

  • Jim Toland


    A retired San Francisco Chronicle editor and award-winning journalist and writer, Jim Toland is a Journalism Department alum. His byline has appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, New York Newsday, San Francisco Chronicle and Sports Illustrated among others. He was chief writer for President Clinton’s Y2K Education website and edited an education newsletter and website for The New York Times. He is author of several books.

  • 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

  • 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, "Tracking Opportunity: Methods and tools for reporting on racial and ethnic communities," which offers tools and reporting strategies to better cover structural inequities that lead to racial disparities.

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    Jim Wagstaffe


    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.