A professional freelance journalist for more than 20 years, Christa Gala has written for Golf Digest, North Carolina State University, Our State and the Raleigh News & Observer, among others. At the Cary News, she was a featured columnist for 15 years, and her essays have been featured in four Chicken Soup for the Soul books.

Gala's corporate clients are from a variety of industries--agency, non-profit, biotech, restaurant and pharma, including Silverback Strategies, MedThink, Girl Scouts of America, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Duke Medical Center and Smithfield's Chicken 'n Bar-B-Q.

In 2015, Gala took a break from freelancing when she was hired as Raleigh Magazine's editor-in-chief to launch the publication. She managed and assigned content and helped establish a presence across digital platforms while continuing to teach at UNC-Chapel Hill's School of Media and Journalism. Today, she teaches two sections of "Writing and Reporting" at the MJ-school and continues to consult and freelance for Raleigh Magazine and her other corporate clients.

Gala graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a bachelor's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication and also earned a master's degree in English from North Carolina State University.