Gary Metzker has been a full-time lecturer at California State University, Long Beach, since 2008 and serves as design adviser for the Pinnacle and Pacemaker award-winning Daily 49er and DIG Magazine. For almost 25 years, he worked at the Los Angeles Times as sports news editor, metro news editor, A-1 editor and senior editor. During that time, Metzker was a part of four Pulitzer Prize-winning staff awards for breaking news and spot news.
Metzker has also been awarded five Los Angeles Press Club awards and two Medals of Excellence from the Society for News Design. In addition, he has presented seminars and workshops for the Journalism Association of Community Colleges, College Media Association, Journalism Education Association/National Scholastic Press Association and the Associated Collegiate Press. The California Journalism Education Coalition named him 2013 Journalism Educator of the Year.