An Evening with Robert Giles

City Opera House
106 E. Front Street,
Traverse City, MI 49684
When Truth Matteredis the gripping account of the Kent State shootings by Bob Giles, who wasa young newspaper editor of theAkron Beacon Journalon the fateful day of May 4, 1970. Hetakes you inside the turmoil and drama of the newsroom when bullets exploded at Kent StateUniversity, leaving four students dead and nine wounded. The heart-pounding story capturesthe flash of National Guard rifles and the stress of reporters trying to sort fact from fiction for ahorrified world wanting to know the "what" and "why."Their efforts to pursue the truth--atragedy that has haunted the nation for 50 years and dramatically changed theVietnamWardebate--earned the reporting team a Pulitzer Prize. The coverage created a truthful narrative that hasstood the test of timeandshowswhy high journalisticstandards must still be applied today, no matter whatthenewssource. Robert Giles was the curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard Universityform 2000 until 2011. He came to Harvard after a newspaper career of nearly 40 years, whichincluded editorships at TheDetroit News, Times-UnionandDemocrat & Chroniclein Rochester,New York, and theAkron Beacon Journalin Ohio. He also served as vice president of theFreedom Forum and executive director of Media Studies Center in New York City. He also is aboard member of the National Writers Series and the International Affairs forum and sits on theeditorial board of theTraverse City Record-Eagle. Guest host Cynthia Cantywas the host of Stateside since the weekday show began in 2012. She retired in December. A lifelong resident ofmetro Detroit, she was on television and radio in Southeast Michigan since 1979. She has served as a popular radio host,television news anchor, producer, and as a general assignment, medical, and consumer reporter. Her reporting and writinghave earned her many awards, including an Emmy and honors from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, the AssociatedPress and the Detroit Press Club.
Event Dates
May 14, 2020
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
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