Nieman Foundation Curator Bob Giles to Retire

The center for sustaining and strengthening journalism will seek a new director.

Bob Giles, curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism for the past decade, announced today that he would retire at the end of the academic year, next June. Read the retirement announcement here.

During his tenure, the foundation—best known for bringing working journalists from around the world to the University for year-long, midcareer academic fellowships that enable them to study and develop expertise in a subject of their choosing—has expanded its reach electronically, through the Nieman Journalism Lab, and physically, with a new wing on Walter Lippmann House. The latter enabled the foundation to increase its seminars, conferences, and other programs. The foundation has also expanded its programs for narrative journalism and investigative reporting.

Giles, who held senior editorial and publishing positions at the Akron Beacon Journal, Democrat & Chronicle and Times-Union (in Rochester, New York), and the Detroit News during his journalism career, was himself a Nieman Fellow (1966), and is a member of the board of directors of Harvard Magazine Inc. Read his Harvard Magazine profile of the late professor William Gienapp, an historian with a passion for baseball.

Provost Steven E. Hyman will lead the search for a new curator.

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