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Award-winning journalist Robert H. Giles is GlobalPost's Commentary Editor. Giles, who most recently served as curator of the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University, one of the pre-eminent fellowship programs for journalists in the world, will recruit contributors from around the world and expand GlobalPost’s commentary section. Giles has been a member of GlobalPost’s Editorial Advisory Board for the past three years.
“Bob brings the deep experience and wise judgment to ensure that GlobalPost delivers both diversity of thought and broad geographical perspective on the central international issues of the day in a unique and compelling commentary section,” said GlobalPost President and CEO Philip S. Balboni.
Giles worked for nearly 40 years as a newspaper reporter and editor, most recently as Editor and Publisher of the Detroit News, which he joined in 1986 as Executive Editor. From 1977-1986, Giles was Executive Editor and then Editor at the Democrat & Chronicle and the Times-Union, in Rochester, N.Y. His newspaper career began in 1958 at the Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal, where he held several reporting and editing positions before becoming Managing Editor and then Executive Editor. The Beacon Journal was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1971 when Giles directed coverage of the campus shootings at Kent State University.