Paul Giblin

Paul Giblin was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011.

Paul Giblin, winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting, currently serves as a public affairs specialist for the Army in Kabul, Afghanistan. He is assigned to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and stationed at the Qalaa House compound, where he has served since November 2009.

Paul travels across Afghanistan to report on the U.S. and coalition forces’ reconstruction efforts in the war‐torn country. He has written about an undercover investigation into a multi‐million‐dollar fraud case, anti-corruption efforts, terrorist attacks on reconstruction projects, programs to teach job skills to under-educated Afghan workers, and an effort to erect solar-powered streetlights in the capitol city that has no electrical grid, among other topics.

Before joining the Army as a civilian employee, Paul worked for more than 24 years as a reporter, columnist, editor and bureau chief for newspapers and other news organizations in Arizona, Hawaii and New Mexico. He also was a regular contributor writing about Arizona topics for The New York Times from 2002 through 2009 and for The Dallas Morning News from 1993 through 2005.

Working with a small group of associates, Paul co‐founded the subscription‐based Arizona Guardian news service in January 2009. The Intranet news organization provides non‐partisan coverage of state government and politics, a sector that had been de‐emphasized by traditional news organizations during the current recession. The Guardian has received significant notice by journalism magazines and other publications as one of the pioneers of the emerging realm of “new media.” Paul relinquished day‐today involvement with the Guardian when went to Afghanistan.

He worked in various capacities with the East Valley Tribune in metro Phoenix from January 1995 through January 2009. Paul and fellow reporter (and Daily Wildcat alumnus) Ryan Gabrielson produced a five-day investigative series that won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting and the George Polk Award for justice reporting, among other national, regional and state awards. Paul and Ryan  spent six months examining Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s illegal immigration enforcement operations and their resulting assault on U.S. civil rights and their costs to county taxpayers. The FBI has since started its own investigation in the sheriff’s operations.

Paul served for years as the federal affairs reporter at the Tribune and covered the state’s 2008, 2006 and 2004 U.S. Senate and House races and immigration issues among other issue. Among other highlights, he exposed a police official’s illicit drug use, uncovered improper plans to build an NFL stadium in the flight path of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport threatening flight safety, elicited a written confession from a murder suspect, documented the lives of feral paint-sniffing children living under the U.S.-Mexico border and exposed racism at a public gym, among other topics.

Along with many talented journalists who comprised half the newsroom staff at the Tribune at the time, Paul was cast off in January 2009 during a massive lay-off that did absolutely nothing to improve the quality of the paper. To the Tribune’s credit, the paper sprang for a couple of bottles of champagne and invited him and others who were involved in the project back to the newsroom when the Pulitzers were announced four months after the paper gave them the heave-ho. Paul spilled champagne on the carpet and didn’t feel bad about leaving a stain.

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