Kent State Shootings: Oral Histories

Robert Giles Oral History

Kent State Shootings: Oral Histories

Robert Giles Oral History

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Narrator Giles, Robert
Narrator's Role Journalist in 1970
Date of Interview 2019-05-04
Description Robert Giles was the managing editor of the Beacon Journal newspaper in Akron, Ohio, in 1970. The editor, Ben Maidenburg, was out of the country at the time and Mr. Giles found himself in charge of the entire newsroom and heavily involved in the coverage of the Kent State Shootings. He relates the story of how their paper produced accurate reporting of the events surrounding the shootings; the Beacon Journal was the only news outlet in the area to provide a correct report, published on that day, May 4, about who the victims actually were. He discusses the personal side of that work, including the Pulitzer Prize that he and his team were awarded for their coverage of the events.
Length of Interview 57:01 minutes
Places Discussed Akron (Ohio)
Kent (Ohio)
Time Period discussed 1970
Subject(s) Akron Beacon Journal
Ayers, Chuck (Charles W.)
Canfora, Alan
Davies, Peter, 1931-
Drumm, Don, 1935-. Solar Totem #1
Englehart, Pat
Evacuation of civilians--Ohio--Kent
Filo, John
Garand rifle
Journalism--Study and teaching--Ohio--Kent
Journalists--Interviews
Kent State Shootings, Kent, Ohio, 1970
Kent State Shootings, Kent, Ohio, 1970--Photographs
Kent State Shootings, Kent, Ohio, 1970--Press coverage
Kent State University. Commons
Kent State University. Taylor Hall
Krause, Arthur
Maidenburg, Ben
Ohio. Army National Guard
Rhodes, James A. (James Allen), 1909-2001
Robinson Memorial Hospital (Ravenna, Ohio)
Ruffner, Howard
Sallot, Jeff, 1947-
Taberner, Ian
Telephone--Ohio--Kent
Tople, Paul
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Provenance/Collection May 4 Collection