Santa Clara University

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Phone: 408-551-1890
Room number: Arts & Sciences 228
Courses taught:
Introduction to Journalism (COMM 40), Online Journalism (COMM 143), Journalism Practicum (COMM 190), Yearbook Practicum (COMM 193), Online Journalism Practicum (COMM 192)

Gordon Young

Senior Lecturer/Media Advisor

B.A. in Politics, The Catholic University of America, 1988

M.A. in Journalism, University of Missouri, 1990

M.A. in Literature, Nottingham University, 1993

As a freelance journalist, Gordon Young's work has appeared in The New York Times, Slate, Utne Reader and numerous other publications. Though he writes about a wide variety of topics that inform his teaching and his work with student media, more recently his reporting has concentrated on economic and urban planning trends as the United States struggles with deindustrialization and shrinking cities. He is the author of Teardown: Memoir of a Vanishing City, published by the University of California Press in  2013. Filmmaker Michael Moore called Teardown "a brilliant chronicle of the Mad Maxization of a once-great American city." Young also publishes Flint Expatriates: A blog for the long-lost residents of Flint, Michigan. He earned several awards for his reporting, including an Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) award for Magazine Writing, an Arkansas Journalism Distinguished Service Award, and a James Beard Food & Drink Award nomination. In addition to teaching journalism courses, Young advises the university's student newspaper, yearbook, and community radio station.

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