Juan Gonzales is founder/editor and columnist for El Tecolote, a bi-weekly, bilingual newspaper published in San Francisco's Mission District since 1970. He is department chair of journalism at City College of San Francisco where he teaches courses in mass communications, news writing, feature writing, and newspaper production.
Gonzales also serves as adviser to the campus newspaper, The Guardsman. He is a member of the Journalism Association of Community Colleges, the San Francisco Newspaper Association, and the Community Press Consortium. He is a founding member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the National Association of Hispanic Publications, the Association of Raza Media Alternatives, the National Association of Third World Journalists/Bay Area Chapter, and New American Media. Gonzales has an A.A. degree in journalism from San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, a B.A. degree in journalism from San Francisco State University, and an M.A. degree in mass communications from Stanford University. At one time he was a full-time general assignment reporter for United Press International/S.F. bureau and Associated Press/S.F. bureau.
Gonzales's work in San Francisco's Mission District is expansive. He is one of five Mission District cultural activists who, in 1982, founded El Encuentro de Canto Popular, an annual festival of Latin American folk music.
He is founder and board president of the Mission's Acción Latina, a non-profit information, education, and cultural organization. Furthermore, he is founder of the Mission Legacy Project, which honors community activists through audio and video documentation, and which plans to create a historical archive of the district.
Gonzales is director of the Voices for Justice Project that will document the history of the Latino press in the U.S. by producing a film, book, and website.
Through his work as an educator and a community journalist, Gonzales has opened up countless internship opportunities for aspiring journalists in the neighborhood press of San Francisco.