Advising Contacts

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    Cristina Azocar

    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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    Sachi Cunningham

    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.

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    Jon Funabiki

    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.

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    Jesse Garnier

    Teaches multimedia, data journalism, and advanced multimedia, including 360-degree video. Adviser to student publication Golden Gate Xpress. 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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    Rachele Kanigel

    Rachele Kanigel teaches Reporting, Newswriting, The Contemporary Magazine, News Entrepreneurship, Feature Writing, Magazine Writing and other courses. Before joining the full-time faculty in 2004 she 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 The Diversity Style Guide.

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    Venise Wagner

    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 co-editor of "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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    Yumi Wilson

    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.