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University Writing Program

University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616-8581

For AWP Exam Call:
(530) 752-0450

Main Office:
109 Voorhies Hall

(530) 752-0369 phone
(530) 752-5013 fax

Office Hours:

Director: Carl Whithaus
Email: cwwhithaus
Phone: 530-752-0369

Stephen Magagnini
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Stephen Magagnini

  • Lecturer
350/Delta of Ve

Office Hours: T at Delta of Venus 6-8:30 pm & by appointment at The Bee
Phone: 9163211072


  1. BA in Writing, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA
  2. Spring 2006 Completed Scripps Howard Academic Leadership Program
  3. 2001-2002 Stanford Knight Fellow for distinguished journalists
  4. 1997 Jefferson Fellow, East West Center, Honolulu, in Asian Studies
  5. 1991-1992 Freedom Forum Fellow, U.Hawaii, in Asian Studies


Steve Magagnini has taught journalism to college students and professionals since 1988, and thanks his students for making him a better, more evolved person. He's been a working journalist since he was a cub reporter on the St. Petersburg Times in 1976. He's covered race and ethnicity for The Sacramento Bee since 1994, and been honored for Distinguished Diversity Writing by the American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE) in 2001 and 2002. His work appears in the anthologies "Best Newspaper Writing 2001" and "Best Newspaper Writing 2002". He was awarded a Stanford Knight Fellowship in 2001-2002.

Magagnini has extensive international experience. He's covered South Africa's first free elections; investigated China's controversial Three Gorges Dam Project; reported on the Burakumin, Japan's invisible underclass; chronicled a renegade monk's struggle to save the forests of northeastern Thailand; profiled a mob boss who was elected mayor of the biggest city on Palawan, an untamed island several hundred miles from Manila; and done enterprise stories from Laos, Vietnam, South Korea, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Italy and Mexico. He's also investigated corrupt cops, slum lords, banks, water districts, bad doctors and federal agencies, including the CIA and the Indian Health Service and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. In June 2002, he led a panel on cross-cultural investigations at the annual IRE (Investigative Reporters & Editors) Conference in San Francisco attended by more than 1100 journalists from around the world.

In 2001, the Columbia Journalism School gave him a Lifetime Achievement Award for "Outstanding Coverage of Race and Ethnicity in America." Arlene Morgan, director of Columbia's race project, called him one of the finest teachers of beat reporting in the country. He has twice taught at Columbia's race and ethnicity workshop, and in 1999 taught "Writing and Reporting the Untold Story" at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla. In 2002, he taught at a Pew Foundation Workshop on Race Reporting. He has twice taught "Telling Compelling Untold Stories" for the American Press Institute, and been a guest lecturer at numerous colleges and universities, including Stanford, LSU, and UC Berkeley. In June 2002, he was invited to Indiana University's Graduate School of Journalism to help 16 journalism professors from around the country teach diversity reporting to their students, and spoke on cross-cultural investigations to the 30th anniversary of the Jefferson Fellows in Asian Studies. He's taught professional newswriting at UC Davis since 1999. In 2003, he became the first faculty adviser in the history of the UC Davis California Aggie student newspaper. His students have gone on to journalism school at Columbia and Berkeley, and to reporting jobs at The Sacramento Bee, Christian Science Monitor and other daily newspapers. He also serves as a mentor editor in the Racial Justice and Journalism and Health Journalism Fellowships at USC Annenberg School of Communication.

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