Robert Giles

Curator 2000 - 2011

Robert Giles became the curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University in 2000 after working for nearly 40 years in newspapers. Previously, he had been editor and publisher of The Detroit News. From 1977 to 1986, Giles was executive editor and then editor of the Democrat & Chronicle and the Times-Union in Rochester, N.Y.
Immediately prior to joining the Nieman Foundation as curator, Giles was a senior vice president of The Freedom Forum, where he served as editor-in-chief of The Freedom Forum’s Media Studies Journal.
His career began in 1958 at the Akron Beacon Journal. As managing editor in 1970, he directed coverage of the campus shootings at Kent State, for which the newspaper won the Pulitzer Prize. Also under his editorship, The Detroit News won a Pulitzer in 1994 for the paper’s disclosures of a scandal in the Michigan House Fiscal Agency.
Giles also won the Scripps-Howard Foundation’s Distinguished Journalism Citation in 1978 for “outstanding public service in the cause of the First Amendment.” He also is an eight-time Pulitzer Prize juror and is the author of “Newsroom Management: A Guide to Theory and Practice.”
A graduate of DePauw University and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, Giles was a Nieman Fellow in 1966.  He received an honorary doctorate in journalism from DePauw in 1996.