Gina Baleria, Ed.D., is an Assistant Professor of Journalism, Media Writing, & Digital Media. She earned her doctorate from San Francisco State University; her Master's in Communication: Media Studies from Stanford University; and her Bachelor's in English with emphases in Film & History from UCLA. Prior to becoming a professor, Dr. Baleria was an award-winning broadcast & digital journalist at stations including KCBS Radio, KGO TV, & KGO Radio in San Francisco; and KXTV & KFBK in Sacramento. Dr. Baleria is also co-author of the award-winning book, Writing & Reporting News for the 21st Century. Her podcast, News in Context airs on 102.5 KSFP in San Francisco and online. Dr. Baleria’s research & creative interests revolve around news and digital media literacy; and digital engagement and communication across socially salient differences.
Prior to joining the team at SSU, Dr. Baleria taught digital media, media writing, and radio & podcasting at San Francisco State University. She serves on the boards of the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and Theatre Bay Area. She also serves as a digital communications consultant for nonprofits focused on media literacy, engaging across difference, and improving public discourse and civic life. 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.