Bob Giles, the curator of Havard's Nieman Foundation for Journalism, said today that he will retire next June.
"The Nieman program has grown significantly over the past decade and is sound financially. It continues to attract highly gifted, independent-minded journalists seeking a transformative experience at Harvard,'' he said.
Giles, in a brief telephone chat, said he and Nancy, a practicing psychologist, plan to stay in the area for awhile. He said he was looking forward to travel and to ''putting together some adventures.''
Giles has overseen the foundation amid seismic changes in the field of journalism, as print readers migrate to the web in increasing numbers.
The foundation's achievements under his leadership include the establishment of the Nieman Journalism Lab in 2008 to foster collaboration on creating and promoting quality journalism in the Internet age. The lab has attracted more than 2.4 million page views since it was launched, the foundation said.
Nieman Reports, the foundation's quarterly magazine, has expanded its online reach. It established the "Professor’s Corner'' as a resource for journalism teachers and students, the statement said.
Giles, the former editor and publisher of the Detroit News, also oversaw the expansion of the Nieman Foundation’s headquarters, Walter Lippmann House, completed in 2003. The work added a seminar room, library, and computer workspace for fellows, enabling the foundation to become a gathering place for conferences and workshops.
Bill Wheatley, former executive vice president for NBC News and president of the Nieman Foundation Advisory Board, praised Giles’ “superb contribution to the foundation’s vitality and reputation.
"During a period of great turbulence in journalism, he has positioned the Nieman Foundation for continued success in the years to come.” Wheatley said in a statement.
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