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Gail B. MacDonald

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Gail Braccidiferro MacDonald

Associate Professor in Residence

Before joining the journalism department full time in August 2008, Gail worked as both a journalist and journalism instructor since graduating as an undergraduate from UCONN. She was a staff writer for The Day of New London, CT., a freelance journalist for numerous publications including The New York Times, a public relations director and an adjunct professor. She earned a master’s degree via a fellowship to The American University, Washington, D.C.

Gail continues to freelance and publish regularly. Her work has been published in numerous magazines, newspapers and online publications, including The Hartford Courant, Rhode Island Monthly, Vermont Life, The Providence Journal, Gannett News, American Artist, C-HIT and the Philadelphia Inquirer. Recently, she has turned to narrative non-fiction writing and is also a regular contributor of editorials to The Day.

She has won numerous awards for her work. Among these recognitions have been awards from the Rhode Island Press Association, the American Psychiatric Association for mental health awareness and the Michael Metcalf Media Award from Rhode Island Community and Justice.

She also is currently a Fulbright Specialist candidate and is looking forward to teaching at an overseas university through this program.

A sampling of published work:

EDITORIALS THE DAY

Closing the education gap

Affordable housing should be a priority

Take pride in region’s food pantries

CT WOODLANDS MAGAZINE

Saving The Preserve

C-HIT

School to prison pipeline

RHODE ISLAND MONTHLY

Block Island – World of Extremes

High Hopes – First Year Teachers

HARTFORD COURANT

Preserving historic burial grounds

OP-ED/ESSAY

Mother’s final ride of passage

NEW YORK TIMES

Connecticut dog sledding

Frustrations of mental health care