Rori Gallagher

About Me

Rori Gallagher is known as the founder of the recently sold Cafe Ruckus and Austin Tea Room. After four years in business, the time was right to sell the business and pursue the next adventure.

As a journalist, Rori has been a producer for NPR's On Point at WBUR in Boston and for The California Report at KQED in San Francisco. She was also an independent reporter, filing stories nationally for NPR, statewide for The California Report, and locally for public radio stations in the Bay Area. Rori's journalism work has been honored by the Journalism Center on Children and Families, the Syracuse Press Club, and the William Randolph Hearst Foundation.

Rori is a board member of Anthropos Arts, a nonprofit providing music and mentorship to at-risk youth in Austin. She is also an active member of the Junior League of Austin, serving on the Researchers Committee. When not working or volunteering, Rori enjoys playing tennis, dance fitness, traveling and live music.

She has an M.S. in Mass Communication from Boston University, and a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.


From 2013-17, I was a founder and owner of Cafe Ruckus and the Austin Tea Room, a coffee shop and tea room in downtown Austin, TX.


These are some of the stories that I reported as an independent radio reporter.

'Rent' Gets A High School Makeover

aired 12/4/08 on NPR's All Things Considered

More than 50 student groups across the country are performing Jonathan Larson's edgy rock opera Rent this school year. Like the Broadway show, Rent School Edition is centered on a group of friends in the 1990s dealing with AIDS, gender identity, homosexuality, drug addiction and poverty.

Carbon Offset Kiosks Help Air Travelers Ditch Guilt

aired 9/29/09 on NPR's Morning Edition

If you're an environmentally conscious traveler, you may be feeling a little bit guilty about flying these days. Airplanes spew harmful greenhouse gases into the air. Well, San Francisco International is the first airport in the country that may be able to ease some of that guilt. It's installed carbon offset kiosks in several terminals. Rori Gallagher explains.

What's For Lunch In Silicon Valley

aired 3/28/10 on NPR's Weekend Edition

The dot-com bubble has long since burst, but one Silicon Valley perk is alive and well: free lunch. Rori Gallagher takes us behind the scenes of one well-known company's kitchen.

Mass Transit Housing Plan

aired 2/16/09 on KQED's QUEST

A single-family home with a yard and two-car garage may be the American dream for many Californians. But with real estate at a premium and traffic congestion getting worse, there is a new urban way of living that is becoming increasingly popular. Quest reports on the rise of the transit village and just why the trend has taken so long.

Stamping Out the Light Brown Apple Moth

aired on KQED's QUEST

California agricultural officials have declared war against an Australian insect that has invaded the Bay Area and Central Coast. This summer state agricultural officials plan to begin aerial spraying over San Francisco, Marin, the Peninsula, and East Bay to eradicate the Light Brown Apple Moth. The plan has run into increasing opposition from several cities and residents who are concerned for their health. Rori Gallagher reports.

Audience Engagement

During my time at Mass Relevance (now part of Spredfast) I co-authored the white paper Why Your Audience Feasts on Social Integration, based on our collaboration with an outside research firm that conducted a consumer survey to generate insight on the social connections consumers crave with brands. I was the project manager on the research project that led to the white paper.


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  • WordPress
  • SPSS
  • Quantitative Research
  • Survey Design
  • Market Research
  • Marketing Communications
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