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Cynthia Gorney

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Cynthia Gorney joined the faculty in 1999, after a career at The Washington Post that included serving as an award-winning national features writer, South American bureau chief and the first writer for the Post’s Style section based on the West Coast. She is the author of Articles of Faith: A History of the Abortion Wars, and has written for many magazines, including The New Yorker, National Geographic, Harper’s, Sports Illustrated, The New York Times Magazine, Runners World, O: The Oprah Magazine, and the American Journalism Review. She is currently a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and National Geographic. Gorney is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley.

She has also worked as a visiting Poynter Institute teacher, a newsroom writing coach and consultant, and a host and interviewer on "Forum," the Northern California public affairs radio program on KQED-FM. Gorney is a past recipient of the American Society of Newspaper Editors feature writing award.

Published Stories & Highlights:

Too Young to Wed: The secret world of child brides
National Geographic
Professor Cynthia Gorney spent several weeks abroad to write an in depth story on child brides.
Ripped (or Torn Up?)
The New York Times Magazine

For The New York Times Magazine, Cynthia Gorney profiles the international tennis champion Rafael Nadal, whose most serious battle right now is with his own beaten-up knees.

Anti-Abortion Rhetoric Still Strong
NPR

The murder of Kansas abortion doctor George Tiller has put the abortion debate back in the national spotlight. Journalism professor Cynthia Gorney, author of Articles of Faith: A History of the Abortion Wars discusses the state of the abortion debate on NPR.

A Feel For the Water
The New Yorker

For The New Yorker, Cynthia Gorney profiles U.C. Berkeley's international swimming champion Natalie Coughlin.

Chicken Soup Nation
The New Yorker

For The New Yorker, Cynthia Gorney explores the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" publishing empire.

The Urge to Merge
The New York Times Magazine

For For The New York Times Magazine, Cynthia Gorney examines on-road hostilities between traffic lineuppers, whom she regards as civilized and evolved, and sidezoomers, who are scourge-of-earthish even though some of them are her best friends.

True Lifer
New York Times Magazine

For New York Times Magazine, Oct. 19, 2008, Professor Cynthia Gorney writes an essay on Sarah Palin's strongly-held right-to-life views and the complications they present the Republican ticket.

A People Apart
National Geographic

For National Geographic, Nov 2008, Professor Cynthia Gorney reports from Copper Canyon, Mexico, on the ambivalent relationship between the indigenous Tarahumara people and encroaching modern Mexico.

Letter From South Dakota: Reversing Roe
The New Yorker

For The New Yorker, Professor Cynthia Gorney reports from South Dakota on the abortion ban state legislators hoped would serve as a challenge to Roe v. Wade.

A Six Minute Difference
Runner's World

For Runner's World, Professor Cynthia Gorney profiles a competive runner who makes the decision to transition from male to female -- and discovers the most surprising cost.

Dean Karnazes Is On The Road--Again
Runner's World

For Runner's World, Professor Cynthia Gorney interviews ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes on his latest strenuous enterprise: 50 marathons, 50 states, 50 days.

Imagaine a Nation Without Roe
The New York Times Week in Review

For The New York Times Week in Review, Professor Cynthia Gorney writes about the state-by-state legislative upheaval that would follow a reversal of Roe v. Wade.

Law And Revulsion
The American Prospect

For The American Prospect, Professor Cynthia Gorney examines the implications of the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban.

Mommy, What Are Bail Bonds?
Salon.com

For Salon.com, Professor Cynthia Gorney makes certain first-hand observations about Las Vegas' effort to promote itself as a jolly family destination.

A Mother's War
The New York Times Magazine

For The New York Times Magazine,, Professor Cynthia Gorney describes the war in Iraq as experienced through a circle of Missouri women whose sons have served in the military.

Gambling With Abortion
Harper's Magazine

For the November 2004 cover story in For Harper's Magazine, Professor Cynthia Gorney explores the "partial birth abortion" controversy, which began with one doctor's medical paper and grew into the fiercest abortion battle of the decade. In March 2005, this story was named a finalist for the National Magazine Award.

I'd Give A Knee To Figure It All Out
The Washington Post

For The Washington Post, Professor Cynthia Gorney writes about the contemporary curse of being medically over-informed and still bewildered about how to apply clinical test results in any way that makes sense.

Complex Skill Sets in Young Journalists
American Journalism Review

For the American Journalism Review, Professor Cynthia Gorney writes about the complex set of skills media organizations are looking for in young journalists.

10 Reasons to Love The Recount
San Francisco Chronicle

For the San Francisco Chronicle, Professor Cynthia Gorney offers 10 reasons why the Florida election recount is good for us all.

Newspaper Wars
American Journalism Review

American Journalism Review, Professor Cynthia Gorney writes on the San Francisco Bay Area newspaper wars.

Other Works:

From North Gate News: The Making of a Book

Gorney is appointed as associate professor.