After 31 years at The Daily Progress, political reporter Bob Gibson is preparing to say goodbye to Charlottesville’s daily newspaper. On April 21, the day after his last byline runs in the Progress, Gibson will start his new job as the executive director at the Sorenson Institute for Political Leadership of UVA.
Bob Gibson, political reporter for The Daily Progress for over three decades, will leave his position to become executive director at the Sorenson Institute.
Gibson, who is also the host of the radio show “Evening Edition” on WVTF, is set to succeed Sean O’Brien, Sorenson’s current executive director. O’Brien will become the executive director of the Center for the Constitution at James Madison’s Montpelier.
Gibson joined the Progress in 1976, covering courts and police. He was later promoted to covering politics and government, then to city editor. In 1992, Gibson took on the role of special projects editor, where he ran a series of stories looking at racial disparities in local courts.
“Bob is well known at the University, in Richmond and in political circles across Virginia,” said Barbara Fried, chairman of the Sorensen Institute’s State Advisory Board, in an announcement to Sorenson alumni. “He has been a frequent guest speaker to Sorensen classes over the years, bringing with him a deep appreciation for the issues on which our programs focus.”