Collegiate Affiliation

Gayle Golden is a Senior Lecturer, Charnley Professor and Morse-Alumni Distinguished University Teacher at the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Her teaching interests include community journalism, literary journalism, magazine writing and teaching the full range of news reporting, writing and digital skills to today's student journalists. For two decades, she has coordinated practicum classes that place students in newsrooms in the Twin Cities for embedded educational experiences to launch them into careers. She also coordinates summer placements for students in news organizations serving marginalized communities in urban areas and serving rural communities in outstate Minnesota through a developing news initiative known as Report for Minnesota. She oversees a yearly class that publishes impactful student coverage of "hidden" student "communities" through an online publication known as AccessU, which has revealed insights about students with disabilities, in recovery, from rural areas, with nontraditional status, with Black identities and with mental health diagnoses. 

Golden has served on several university committees on educational policy, student mental health, liberal education redesign and disabilities issues. She is currently co-chair of the Women's Faculty Cabinet and a member of the Council on Liberal Education, two University Senate Committees: Equity, Access and Diversity and Disabilities Issues. She also serves the Hubbard School as a coordinator for instructional and professional development. For 17 years, she served on the Minnesota Daily's Board of Directors, including overseeing the board as chair for four years and as secretary on the executive committee for eight.

Golden joined the university in 1998 as a part-time instructor and was hired as a full-time lecturer in 2004. She has been a professional journalist since 1983, working at the Dallas Morning news for nearly a decade as a science writer and amassing many awards for that work. Since 1990, she has been a freelancer on a range of topics, notably health and medicine, and continues to work as a freelancer with articles published in regional and national publications, including Texas Monthly and the New York Times.

Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

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


  • News writing
  • Feature and magazine writing
  • Interactive journalism
  • Creative non-fiction
  • Curriculum development
  • Educational policy
  • Student mental health