Dr. Gina Baleria received her doctorate from San Francisco State University, where her research explored digital engagement and communication across difference; an M.A. in Communication & Media Studies from Stanford University; and a B.A. in English with emphases in film and history from UCLA. Prior to discovering and falling in love with teaching, Dr. Baleria worked in broadcast and digital news, as an award-winning producer, writer, and reporter. She most recently served as acting news and social media director at San Francisco’s KGO Radio. She also worked as web producer at KCBS Radio, creating an award-winning web presence in the crowded news field. Her work at KCBS garnered multiple awards from the Associated Press and Radio and Television Digital News Association, including a national Edward R. Murrow award. Dr. Baleria also spent several years in nonprofit digital communications. As communications manager at California Forward, she was instrumental in developing a digital newsroom focused on governance. Prior to that, she produced many insightful and newsworthy panels and discussions as Director of Programs and Literary Events at The Commonwealth Club.
Dr. Baleria teaches digital media writing, strategy, and design; radio and podcasting; journalism; and mass communication. Prior to joining the team at SSU as assistant professor, Dr. Baleria taught at San Francisco State University, Santa Rosa Junior College, and College of Marin. Her research focus revolves around relational digital micro-interventions across difference and digital media literacy.
Dr. Baleria is also a Bay Area actor, director, and theatre producer, and she sits on the board of Theatre Bay Area and the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. When not working, she enjoys hiking, swing dancing, coaching basketball, reading, traveling, and enjoying the city and Bay Area with friends and family. She and her husband live in San Francisco.