NWS Virtual Event, Bob Giles with host Cynthia Canty, WHEN TRUTH MATTERED
Held in collaboration with the International Affairs Forum of Traverse City
with guest host Cynthia Canty
In When Truth Mattered Bob Giles takes you inside the turmoil of the newsroom as bullets exploded at Kent State University, leaving four students dead and nine wounded. Giles was a young newspaper editor of the Akron Beacon Journal on the fateful day of May 4, 1970, when the National Guard fatally shot four college students. The heart-pounding story captures the flash of National Guard rifles and the stress of reporters trying to sort fact from fiction for a horrified world wanting to know why and what happened. Their efforts to reveal the truth — a tragedy that has haunted the nation for 50 years — earned the reporting team a Pulitzer Prize.
Robert Giles forged his status as one of the legendary newspaper editors in modern American history on May 4, 1970, with his steady stewardship of the Akron Beacon Journal on the day of the shootings. This never-before told account will take you inside the turmoil and drama of the newsroom, the campus of Kent State and the city of Akron. At a time when journalists are under attack from the very highest levels of government, this book is a reminder of why journalism — especially local journalism — is one of the last great guarantors of our democracy.