Jon Funabiki is a professor of journalism at San Francisco State University, where he also serves as executive director of two centers, Renaissance Journalism, which incubates new journalism projects, and the Dilena Takeyama Center, which focuses on the study of Japan and Japanese culture. Prior to joining the university, he was with the Ford Foundation, where he was deputy director of the Media, Arts & Culture (MAC) Unit. Funabiki was founding director of San Francisco State University’s Center for Integration and Improvement of Journalism.
A former reporter and editor with The San Diego Union, Funabiki was awarded the John S. Knight Professional Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University, the Jefferson Fellowship at the East-West Center of Honolulu, a National Endowment for the Humanities Professional Summer Fellowship at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and was a visiting scholar at the Center on Politics and Public Service at UC Berkeley. Funabiki has served on the boards of the Center for Investigative Reporting, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Insight Center for Community Economic Development and Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy.