Thinking of majoring in journalism at Sac State?


Tell stories on multiple platforms - print, digital, broadcast.

Cover state and local government in California's capital city. 


Learn from professors with decades of journalism experience.

Report for The State Hornet - a 2017 Pacemaker Award winner.

We emphasize ...

Government Reporting

Sacramento is home to the California Capitol, offering myriad opportunities to learn while covering the legislature, governor's office and state agencies.

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Learn how to obtain and analyze data that will serve as the foundation for great stories. Turn data into visualizations that let readers explore an issue or trend.

The State Hornet

Winner of the 2017 Associated College Press Pacemaker Award, regarded as the Pulitzer Prize of college journalism.


Our students intern at large media outlets like KCRA and The Sacramento Bee.

What sets us apart

  • The location of Sacramento State in the state's capital provides advantages for the student interested in journalism and related fields.
  • Many students take internships with news operations and/or state agencies that provide both experience and opportunities unlikely to be found elsewhere.
  • The department has more than 100 internships available to upper-division journalism and government-journalism majors.
  • The University's association with the Washington Center makes it possible for CSU Sacramento students to intern in Washington, D.C. 
  • Sacramento State offers the only joint Political Science-Journalism degree program in the nation, tailored to take advantage of the department's location at the hub of state politics.
  • The Journalism program is one of the few in California that offers classes on data reporting, a resonant and fast-growing discipline emphasized in a number of news organizations nationwide.
  • Journalism majors have the opportunity to take classes from award-winning faculty and Sacramento-area journalists.
  • The full-time faculty are practicing professionals. They have worked for publications including The Los Angeles Times, Wired, The Sacramento Bee and KCRA. 
  • Reporters and editors in area media serve as both guest lecturers and part-time instructors.

Full-Time Faculty

Molly Dugan

placeholderMolly Dugan teaches upper-division classes in public affairs reporting and newswriting. She also teaches a variety of journalism and communication theory classes on diversity in media, international journalism, media literacy and mass communications. She spent more than a decade in newspapers, including The Sacramento Bee, The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, Ca.), The Modesto Bee, The Chicago Reporter and Medill News Service in Chicago, Il. and Washington D.C. 

Mark Ludwig

Mark Ludwig teaches upper-division classes in editing, reporting, media ethics and law. He has more than two decades of experience as an editor at publications including The Sacramento Bee, the San Jose Mercury News, the Los Angeles Times, the Orange County Register, the Contra Costa Times and the San Francsico Chronicle. He is an on-call copy editor for McClatchy West, the production desk for several newspapers in California and Washington. Mark holds a PHD in political science from Claremont Graduate University.

Phillip Reese

placeholderPhillip Reese teaches upper-division courses in data journalism, writing and reporting. He is an investigative reporter specializing in data analysis at the Sacramento Bee. He was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. He won the 2013 Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Reporting from Harvard University and the 2013 George Polk Award for Medical Reporting. Reese previously worked for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and the Greensboro (N.C.) News & Record.

Stu VanAirsdale

placeholderStu VanAirsdale advises the student-run State Hornet news organization. He is also a contributor and former Senior Editor at Sactown Magazine. A graduate of Sacramento State and New York University, Stu has worked or written for Gawker Media, Movieline,, The New York Times, The Village Voice, New York Magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Awl, Slate and The Huffington Post. 

Robert Humphrey

Robert Humphrey is the internship coordinator for the communications department at Sacramento State. He teaches mass media law. Humphrey has taught at Sacramento State for more than 30 years. He has written several books, including "Children of Fantasy: The First Rebels of Greenwich Village" and "Once Upon A Time In War: The 99th Division in WWII." Humphrey holds a PHD in American History from the University of Iowa.


Part Time Faculty

Sigrid Bathen

Sigrid Bathen  • Sacramento Bee reporter for 13 years • Senior Editor for  the California Journal • Co-managing editor at Sacramento Magazine. • Published in the Los Angeles Times, Capitol Weekly and the Sacramento Business Journal.

George Warrenplaceholder

George Warren • ABC10 reporter for 35 years • Emmy Awards from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, San Francisco chapter • Winner of the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association.

Timi Poeppelman

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Walt Yost

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