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By Ken Paulson, published on August 8, 2023

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Graphic by Leslie Haines


Bob Giles, former editor and publisher of the Detroit News, has died at age 90.


Giles oversaw the coverage that led to a Pulitzer Prize for the News and also led the news team at the Akron Beacon-Journal that won a Pulitzer in 1971 for coverage of the Kent State University shootings.


Later in his career, Giles served as director of the Freedom Forum’s Media Studies Center in New York and was a curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University.


In 2021, Giles spoke with the Free Speech Center about the Kent State shootings and how his newsroom pursued the story. The video is below.



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