Professor and former Associate Dean Cynthia Gorney first joined the faculty in 1999, after a career at The Washington Post that included serving as a national features writer and South America bureau chief. She left the School of Journalism faculty in 2015, to work for National Geographic Magazine as a contributing writer and editor, but is returning for the 2023 spring semester to teach in the narrative program.
Gorney is the author of Articles of Faith: A History of the Abortion Wars, and has written for many magazines, including The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, and Sports Illustrated. She has also worked as a visiting Poynter Institute teacher, a newsroom writing coach, and a host/interviewer on “Forum,” the public affairs radio program on KQED-FM. She and her husband, labor attorney and SF State University lecturer Bill Sokol, live in Oakland.
PUBLICATIONS & OTHER WORK
National Geographic, June 2022 cover, on the science of human touch:
New York Times Magazine, on mothers of deployed U.S. Marines:
National Geographic, on post-Fidel Cuba:
99 Percent Invisible, on the disability activism story behind sidewalk curb cuts:
The New Yorker, (designated a "classic" in their archives), on a pre-Dobbs effort to overturn Roe--which had a strongly right-to-life state re-examining what that truly meant:
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