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A student in cap and gown at a Cal U commencement ceremony.A student in cap and gown at a Cal U commencement ceremony.

Margo Wilson


  • B.A.: Journalism, University of Wisconsin
  • M.A.: Film/Television, UCLA
  • M.F.A.: Creative Writing, Goddard College
  • Teaching Credentials: K-12, University of California, Riverside


After 20 years as a newspaper and magazine reporter and editor at publications ranging from the Spruce Grove Star, near Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, to the Los Angeles Times, Margo Wilson wanted to share what she’d learned and be more of a participant in life and less of an observer. As a reporter, she covered education, county and state government, police and court news, and the arts. As an editor, she edited, layed out copy, and worked with reporters and freelancers for arts and entertainment, food, and local news and wire sections. She served as editor of a magazine for seniors and of a real estate section.

Since joining Cal U, Wilson has introduced multimedia to the journalism program, worked with local media to involve Cal students, helped breathe new life into the Cal U Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and urged poetry students to share poetry with the Cal community during National Poetry Month in April. She won the Faculty Professional Development Committee’s Technology Award in 2011.

When she’s not teaching or serving as chair of the English Department, Wilson is writing or tending to her dog and four cats. Her novel, The Main Ingredient, was published by Ramsfield Press in 2013. It’s about three women who open a restaurant that soon burns down. They are suspected of arson and face prison unless they find the culprit who set the blaze. Wilson and her late husband, Michael Kraft, once owned a restaurant in Racine, Wis. Most recently, Wilson has been working on a travel-themed memoir. 

She is president of the English Association of Pennsylvania State Universities and past president of the Small Programs Interest Group of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. At Cal, she serves on the University-Wide Curriculum Committee, University-Wide Sabbatical Committee and the Internship Committee. She co-chairs, with Dr. Marta McClintock, the Gender Equity and Social Justice Committee. She also chairs the English Department’s Professional Writing Committee, among other commitments. 

Academic Department(s)

  • Department of English

Academic Program(s)

  • B.A. English

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