Jon Funabiki, whose career spans journalism, philanthropy and academia, is a professor of journalism at San Francisco State University, and he is the founding director of Renaissance Journalism, a nonprofit that organizes collaborative news projects on social justice issues. He joined the university after an 11-year career with the Ford Foundation, one of the world’s leading philanthropies. As the deputy director of the Media, Arts and Culture Unit in New York, he led grant programs to promote ethics, credibility and diversity in journalism; social justice journalism; and the ethnic and independent news media. Funabiki is the former founding director of San Francisco State University’s Center for Integration and Improvement of Journalism and a former journalist with The San Diego Union, where he specialized in U.S.-Asia political and economic affairs.
A graduate of San Francisco State University, Funabiki was awarded the John S. Knight Professional Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University; the Jefferson Fellowship at the East-West Center of Honolulu; and a National Endowment for the Humanities Professional Summer Fellowship at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He recently completed a five-year term as the founding executive director of San Francisco State’s Dilena Takeyama Center for the Study of Japan and Japanese Culture.