Bob Gibson

Executive Director



Bob Gibson is executive director of the Sorensen Institute. Before coming to Sorensen in the early spring of 2008, he was a political writer, columnist and editor at the Charlottesville Daily Progress for 30 years, where he specialized in covering local, state, and national politics.

He is the winner of several Virginia Press Association awards, the 1993 Virginia Bar Association Award in the Field of Law and Justice and the 1993 Southern Journalism Award for investigative reporting about racial disparities in sentencing. He is also familiar to many Virginians as a guest on public radio WAMU's Kojo Nnamdi Show in Washington and as a host of various shows on public radio WVTF.

Bob is married to Sarah McConnell and together they have three daughters. They are graduates of the University of Virginia who also have taken the same classes together for six years at UVA to earn masters degrees in education in May of 2014.


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