Dawn Garcia is the director of John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford and a past president of the Journalism & Women Symposium.
She began her career as a reporter and editor at West Coast newspapers, including the San Jose Mercury News and the San Francisco Chronicle, where she wrote about politics, immigration and legal affairs. She has served on nonprofit boards championing First Amendment rights, social justice and quality journalism training and education.
She earned a master’s degree in liberal arts at Stanford, writing her dissertation on the evolution of Spanish-language media in California and earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism at the University of Oregon. She has taught journalism at Bay Area universities and is a lecturer in Stanford’s Journalism Program. She was a 1991-92 JSK Fellow, where she studied U.S.-Mexico relations.