Gayle C Golden

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Journalism & Mass Comm
121 Murphy Hall

206 Church St SE

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • B.A. (magna cum laude): journalism and humanities, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 1979.
  • M.A.: English literature, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 1982.


  • News writing, feature and magazine writing, interactive journalism, creative non-fiction, curriculum development
Courses Taught
  • Jour 3101 - News Reporting and Writing
  • Jour 3173w: Magazine Writing
  • Jour 4992: Practicum at the Pioneer Press and MPR News
  • Jour 5606w: Literary Aspects of Journalism
  • Jour 3996 - Directed Study
  • Jour 4993H - Honors: Thesis
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Board Member: Minnesota Magazine & Publishing Association , November 2013 - November 2016
  • Member: Educational Policy Committee, Faculty Senate, University of Minnesota , September 2013 - May 2016
  • Member: SJMC Undergraduate Committee , September 2004 - present
  • Member: SJMC Diversity Committee , September 2014 - present
  • Member: Curriculum, Instruction and Advising Committee, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota , January 2012 - August 2012
  • Member: Minnesota Magazine Board , 2010 - present
  • Member: Premack Board , 2011 - 2012
  • Member: Minnesota Daily Board , 2008 - present
  • Golden is also an award-winning freelance writer for magazines and news organizations with more than 30 years of news and feature writing experience. Previous positions include work as a contract freelancer for the New York Times, a national staff and science writer The Dallas Morning News and a parenting columnist for Dallas Family magazine
  • Awards include the Minnesota Magazine and Publishing Association’s “Silver Award“ for best feature, Parenting Publications of America Best In-Depth Feature, Westinghouse Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, "Science-in-Society" Award from the National Association of Science Writers, American Bar Association Silver Gavel Award, Texas Headliners Award for Specialty Reporting, State Bar of Texas Gavel Award, Dallas Press Club Katie Award for Specialty Reporting