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Giles Morris joined Charlottesville Tomorrow as the organization’s second Executive Director in 2018. He is a fifth-generation journalist on his father’s side. Giles grew up in Washington, D.C., the son of a Congressional press secretary and an international economics correspondent for the Times of London and later attended Princeton University, where he was a member of an NCAA Division 1 Final Four soccer team and earned his B.A. in English.
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After college, Giles spent two years teaching high school English at Little Wound High School on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. The experience on the reservation was formative and marked Giles with a life-long motivation to understand the moral and spiritual problems inherent in the American story. He completed his M.Div. degree at Harvard Divinity School in 2005, studying Greek and systematic theology and working at a homeless street ministry based in the Boston Common.
Giles spent a decade as an editor, journalist, freelance writer, and web developer producing print, online, and radio content and chronicling the way larger forces, economic and cultural, affect the lives of individuals and families in communities from urban Chicago to the rural South.
He moved to Charlottesville, VA, in 2011 to become the editor-in-chief of C-VILLE Weekly, a position he held for three years. A principal presenter on the single scroll multimedia format at the 2014 Association of Alternative News Media web conference, Giles has received national attention for his use of web-based platforms to tell stories traditionally associated with print.
He left journalism in 2014 to become Vice President for Marketing & Communications at James Madison’s Montpelier, where he established a new kind of digital marketing and storytelling model for a cultural institution that sought to connect contemporary Constitutional issues to the historical narratives of the Founding Era. He led the rollout of “The Mere Distinction of Colour,” a ground-breaking slavery exhibition that won two Alliance of American Museum awards for multimedia storytelling.
Giles was lured back to journalism by the inspiring mission of Charlottesville Tomorrow and the potential to engage citizens with local government in his community. He lives with his wife and two children in Charlottesville.
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