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Bob Gibson

Executive Director

Bob Gibson has been executive director of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership since the spring of 2008. He has a pair of degrees from the University of Virginia, a B.A. in government and foreign affairs received in 1972 and a masters degree in education awarded in 2014.

Before coming to Sorensen, he spent three decades in journalism, serving as news director for WCHV radio for two years and joining The Daily Progress in August of 1976 for 32 years in a number of positions with the newspaper. He began his career covering police and local courts and has covered state and local courts and state and local politics and government. He was named city editor in 1982, special projects editor in 1992 and wrote a series about racial disparities and justice in local courts. Bob is a 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.

In addition to his newspaper work, Bob hosted a weekly political call-in show on WINA radio in Charlottesville for seven years and hosted a public radio talk show for a dozen years on WVTF-FM in Roanoke and Charlottesville. He has been a regular column writer for four decades.

At Sorensen he has overseen creation of a four-year-old Emerging Leaders Program for young public policy leaders while helping an excellent staff operate four longstanding political leadership programs.

Bob is married to Sarah McConnell and together they have three daughters.

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