Eleni Economides Gastis (Journalism Department Chair) is the advisor to Peralta’s only student-run publication and a freelance reporter for The San Francisco Chronicle. Eleni is a Laney College alumna (’03) who went on to receive her bachelor’s in journalism and International Relations from San Francisco State University. After a few years as a reporter for Bay Area News Group and the San Francisco Examiner—where she covered local communities, local government and crime— Eleni returned to SFSU for her Master’s degree in English Composition and additional Certificate in Teaching Postsecondary Reading. She teaches all levels of journalism and English enjoys spending time in Greece with her family.
Scott Strain (part-time faculty) has worked as a staff writer at the Pulitzer Prize-winning Oakland Tribune; was a staff writer and Sports Editor for Hills Publications (Alameda Journal, Berkeley Voice, The Piedmonter), Contra Costa Newspapers, Contra Costa Times; San Francisco Chronicle sports correspondent; Adjunct Journalism Instructor at Laney College since 2007. Scott earned a BA in American History from Brigham Young University and a MA in International Relations from the University of Kent in Canterbury, England.
Burt Dragin (professor emeritus) has written for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Oakland Tribune, Image Magazine, Cal Alumni Magazine, and other publications. His diverse writing experience includes two Wimbledon Championships and columnist / comedy critic for the late Berkeley Gazette.
He holds a BA in English from Cal State LA, and MA in Journalism from USC. He has written extensively on media and gambling addiction, which includes his book Six to Five Against: A Gambler’s Odyssey (2006).