Faculty In Review

Journalism Department

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Juan Gonzales

Chair, Journalism Department

A.A. in journalism, San Joaquin Delta College; B.A., San Francisco State University; M.A., Stanford University

With a career in journalism that dates back to 1970, Gonzales is currently a publisher and an instructor.

Founder/Editor of El Tecolote, a monthly, bilingual newspaper published since 1970 in San Francisco's Mission District, he has continued his goal to provide relevant coverage on the real issues that affect the neighborhood. Through El Tecolote, Gonzales has attempted to highlight the popular culture that exists in the Latino community, which often time is neglected by the local dailies.

In 2000, El Tecolote celebrated its 30th anniversary. For those years of service Gonzales was honored by the Society of Professional Journalists with its "Distinguished Service Award." Similarly, he was received a "Heroes of Excellence" award by KGO-TV.

Currently, Gonzales is also President of Accion Latina, a non-profit Mission District organization that provides educational and cultural services to Latinos. Through his association with Accion Latina, he founded in 1980 Encuentro del Canto Popular, a yearly Latin American folk music festival held in the Mission District.

Gonzales is the sole full-time instructor in the Department of Journalism where he teaches five classes per semester and serves as adviser to the campus newspaper, The Guardsman , and the campus magazine, etc . At one time, Gonzales served as Department Chair of journalism for 10 years. He is a member of the Journalism Association of Community Colleges, the San Francisco Newspaper Association, the Community Press Consortium, and the New California Media Association.


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Thomas O Graham

Journalism Department

B.A., San Jose State University

Adviser to Etc. magazine, the Journalism Department's student publication. Teaches courses in Magazine Editing and Production, Feature Writing, Publication Design, Contemporary News Media, Public Relations, and Copy Editing at City College of San Francisco. Graham, a former City College student and editor of the Guardsman, has taught Journalism part-time at City for 20 years.

He also worked for the San Francisco Chronicle as a feature copy editor and writer for more than 20 years, where he helped edit, design and paginate the daily Datebook and Pink sections, as well as the Style, Review, Home, Food, This World and People sections. He was one of a handful of editors who edited the late Herb Caen's column. He also regularly edited Jon Carroll and Leah Garchik's columns.

Graham wrote numerous cover stories for The Chronicle, including pieces for the Pink section, Outdoors, Home, Food, This World, Sunday and the Friday Marin-Sonoma sections, as well as the front page. One of his most popular stories was turned into a series on walking every street in San Francisco for the Pink section. The series was called "The Walking Man." Some of the stories that he wrote for the Outdoor section involved bungee jumping out of a hot air balloon, backpacking the 212-mile-long John Muir Trail, skydiving out of a plane at 15,000 feet and rock climbing in Yosemite.

Before coming to the Chronicle, Graham was editor for the Pulitzer Prize-winning Point Reyes Light newspaper in West Marin. He also worked as managing editor for the California Farm Bureau in Sacramento and the Mountain Messenger newspaper in Sierra and Nevada counties. He was communications coordinator for Northstar ski resort and was a reporter for the Tahoe World newspaper in Tahoe City.

Graham has won several California Newspaper Publisher Association awards for his writing, photography and design work.


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Jessica Lifland

Journalism Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.


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Jon Rochmis

Journalism Department

B.A., University of California, Berkeley; M.A., University of San Francisco

A content editor with Wired News, has been an editor and writer with Internet news sites almost as long as there has been news on the Web. After 15 years as a newspaper reporter and three as a book/magazine editor, Rochmis was hired in 1995 as employee No. 5 with SF Gate, the online service of the San Francisco Chronicle and KRON-TV. There, he helped conceive of and administer the tone and attitude of one of the first news sites on the Web.

Rochmis also helped launch BayInsider.com, a San Francisco website, where he was hired as senior content producer in 1997.

Rochmis came to Wired News, an online news site dedicated to modern technology, the new economy, Internet politics and culture, in July 1999.

As a newspaper reporter, Rochmis covered sports, news, and business, and was the Oakland Tribune's beat reporter for the San Francisco 49ers from 1985-90. He began his journalism career with the old Berkeley Gazette/Richmond Independent, where he worked for six years, before joining the Tribune for nine years.

He has a bachelor's degree in journalism from UC-Berkeley and a master's degree in sports fitness and management from the University of San Francisco.



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