Gayle C Golden

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Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication
121 Murphy Hall

206 Church St SE

Gayle Golden is a senior lecturer and a Morse-Alumni Distinguished University Teacher at the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Her teaching interests include literary journalism, magazine writing and in-depth news reporting on issues of relevance to community and health. She has been a longtime freelancer on topics of health and medicine and has served on university committees on educational policy and student mental health. She is currently serving as a coordinator for instructional and professional development for professional adjuncts who teach the journalism and strategic communication courses. She joined the university in 1998 as a part-time instructor and was hired as a full-time lecturer in 2004. Golden continues to work as a freelancer with work published in regional and national publications, including the New York Times.

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.

Curriculum Vitae


  • News writing, feature and magazine writing, interactive journalism, creative non-fiction, curriculum development, educational policy, student mental health
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

  • Member: Educational Policy Committee, Faculty Senate, University of Minnesota , September 2013 - May 2016
  • Chair and Member: Minnesota Daily Board , 2008 - present
  • Member: SJMC Undergraduate Committee , September 2004 - present
  • Member: SJMC Diversity Committee , September 2014 - present
  • Member: Provost's. Joint Task Force on Student Mental Health , September 2016 - August 2017
  • Member: Curriculum, Instruction and Advising Committee, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota , January 2012 - August 2012
  • Board Member: Minnesota Magazine & Publishing Association , November 2013 - November 2016
  • Member: Minnesota Magazine Board , 2010 - present
  • Member: Premack Board , 2011 - 2012
  • 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
  • Horace T. Morse/University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education, 2017
  • 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