Kayla Gahagan


Kayla has been a writer for 17 years and worked for newspapers all over the country–from the sun-kissed hills of upstate New York to the snow-socked Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in print journalism from the University of Montana, she worked at newspapers in New York, Michigan, Wyoming and Montana. A job as the education reporter at the Rapid City Journal 11 years ago brought her to South Dakota, where she resides now.

Whether traveling to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to report on a resurgence of the Lakota language, or meeting with Rapid City residents to share the story of hope the community finds in organizations that feed the hungry or mentor young boys, Kayla finds joy in telling peoples’ stories through the written word.

She was named “South Dakota Outstanding Young Journalist” by the South Dakota Newspaper Association in 2009, and some of her work has been published by national news outlets, including Reuters and Al Jazeera America.

A resident of Rapid City, where she lives with her husband and four kids, Kayla teaches a theology course through the Institute in Theology by Extension and owns and directs a competitive clogging studio in the evenings.




Rapid City, SD


Associate of Arts in Print Journalism, Northwest College, Powell, Wyoming

Bachelor of Arts in Print Journalism, University of Montana, Missoula, Montana