My name is Fernando Gallo and I spend too much time on the internet – but I’m usually working.

I’ve been a freelance journalist for 15 years and I now teach college journalists at my alma mater, Sacramento State University. I have taught college journalism since 2015 on several campuses, including Diablo Valley College, Los Medanos College, San Francisco State and Contra Costa College.

The purpose of this site is simple. I coach writers and edit them hard, so it’s only fair to publish my own work and let them scrutinize. Every writer has room to improve, myself included. But my blog is also a good way to learn about who I am and why I’m a teacher.

Aside from journalism, I have also taught video production skills for the Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC.org), a media nonprofit in San Francisco.

In my downtime, I like to do volunteer work, watch sports and make jokes on my Twitter.

If you like my writing, feel free to contact me! I am always ready and willing to accept freelance work, like the Emmy-nominated Showtime docuseries I worked on in 2021.

Greening Lodi

I grew up on the East side of Lodi (now referred to as the Heritage District), and I’m a resident here again. This under-served community is close to my heart, and Greening Lodi has made it an area of focus.

Greening Lodi is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit registered with the State of California.

Way Too Many Words: My Blog


I’ve toyed with the idea of this blog post for a while, but I haven’t found the will to write it. Maybe it’s the brutal subject matter. Maybe it’s the fact that (as my friend Jordan Guinn says) there’s already so much discourse; what can I possibly add? Well, a blog shouldn’t exist if the …