Kayla Gahagan


Kayla has been a writer for 12 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 six 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 recent work has been published by national news outlets, including Reuters and Al Jazeera America.

A resident of Hermosa, where she lives with her husband and two toddlers, Kayla is currently working toward a Certificate in Christian Education through the Institute in Theology by Extension and she owns and directs a competitive clogging studio in Rapid City in the evenings.




Hermosa, SD


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

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