Christa Williams Gala

Lecturer

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Biography

With an undergraduate degree in journalism from UNC-Chapel Hill and an MA from NCSU's English department, Christa Gala has worked in the writing industry for 25 years, including as a parenting columnist for the Cary News, with bylines in Our State Magazine, the News & Observer, Charlotte Observer, The Durham Herald Sun, Golf Digest, Wine Spectator and a variety of regional and local publications. She writes about business, real estate, biotech, the restaurant and medical industries and personal profiles; she's been published in four Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Corporate clients have included public relations and branding agencies, pharma companies, law enforcement, the Kenan-Flagler Business School, NC State University and the Girl Scouts, among others. In 2015, Gala worked as the Editor-in-Chief for Raleigh Magazine, helping launch the city magazine and managing staff, content and the editorial calendar. For six years, Gala taught at UNC-Chapel Hill's School of Media and Journalism and now teaches a full load in the English Deparment's journalism minor at NC State. She is currently working on her first novel.

Projects

In 2018, Gala served as a student writing coach for UNC-Chapel Hill's "Aftermath" project in Puerto Rico, a 10-day trip that covered the after-effects of the 2017 landfall of Hurricane Maria. The project included 25 students and three other coaches who helped students create stories across multiple platforms for MEJO 584: Interactive Journalism. The project covered healthcare, electricity, biodiversity, coal ash and water, earning the Online News Association's David Teeuwen Student Journalism Award. All five pieces were published in The Huffington Post. 

Education

  • BA in Journalism from UNC-Chapel Hill , 94
  • MA in English from NC State, 08