Christa Williams Gala

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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, 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.   

Education

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