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Amy DePaul Reporting Mentor and Lecturer

Amy DePaul is an award-winning digital reporter who has covered public health in Southern California since 2011. In 2019, she was named a Senior Fellow at the University of Southern California’s Center for Health Journalism. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications in recent years, including, Voice of OC,, the Economic Hardship Reporting Project,, ESPN’s The Undefeated and Narratively. She has taught reporting to students in UC Irvine’s Literary Journalism program since 2004 and was a journalism instructor at California State University Fullerton and Miami University of Ohio.
Patricia Pierson

Associate Director and Lecturer

Patricia Pierson is the associate director of UCI's Literary Journalism Program.  She holds a B.A. in English from Trinity College, an M.A. in English Literature from Loyola Marymount University, and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from UC Irvine.  Her research and teaching interests include writing and rhetoric, narrative and narrative theory, critical theory, and collections.

Visiting Writers

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Christopher Goffard

Adjunct Professor

Christopher Goffard is an author and a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times.

A Los Angeles native with an English degree from Cornell University, he started at The St. Petersburg Times in 1998, where he covered cops, city hall, and courts. His work on the Tampa courts beat gave rise to "The $40 Lawyer," which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing.

Since January 2006, he has been a general assignment reporter at the LA  Times.  He was part of the reporting team that chronicled the Bell scandal in 2010, coverage which won the newspaper a George Polk Award for local reporting, the Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting, and the American Society of News Editors Distinguished Writing Award for Local Accountability Reporting.