Giles Morris

Giles Morris grew up the son of a Washington D.C. journalist and a Congressional press secretary and claims to be a fifth generation newsman on his father's side, which is hard to get your head around, but means effectively that working with words is in the blood. Prior to taking the editor-in-chief job at C-VILLE Weekly in July 2011, he learned his trade putting in shifts at the Rhinelander Daily News, the Smoky Mountain News, and the Tuckasegee Reader, an online newspaper he co-founded. Giles has also spent time as a high school English teacher on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota and as a community organizer in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood and managed to pick up a masters degree from Harvard Divinity School along the way. His many interests include the great outdoors, jogo bonito, American literature, and whooping it up (occasionally).

Editor’s Note: Love is all you need

Editor’s Note: Love is all you need

I watched the Grammys last night. Well, I watched the first hour of it anyway, which is about all I could manage. I’ve been interviewing singer-songwriters recently and have been thinking a lot about the chances they have at success in today’s music industry. There was Taylor Swift, the child bride of Nashville, former teen […]

Kandahar, Afghanistan: An Afghan woman explains to the American soldiers that there are no Taliban fighters in her village. She complains that the soldiers ruined the grape crop by trampling it on the rooftops and asks for money for compensation. Photo: Elliott D. Woods 2012

Portraits of war: Elliott Woods wants Americans to look their returning veterans in the eye

Elliott Woods grew up in Gaithersburg, Maryland, the son of a Navy doctor. He attended a prestigious Catholic boys’ school in Bethesda, a Washington, D.C. suburb dotted with exclusive country clubs and peopled by physicians, lawyers, and deal makers. A self-described “rambunctious kid who had some disciplinary problems,” Woods was forced to withdraw from high […]

Louise Bittinger, 91, moved to Charlottesville from White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, to be closer to her daughter, Shirley Thompson (center). Since Bittinger opted for hospice care last year, Hospice of the Piedmont's Rosemary Flynn (right) has become part of the family, visiting Bittinger's apartment three times a week to bathe her and check how she's doing. Photo: John Robinson

Long journey home: A family’s experience with hospice care

Chronic heart disease and cancer are by far the top killers of American adults, and together with lung disease account for more than half of adult deaths each year, according to recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As the population continues to age, the money the government spends on health care is disproportionately focused on patients at the end of their lives.