When Giles Morris became executive director of Charlottesville Tomorrow in 2018, Charlottesville was a city wrestling with the weight of centuries of racial injustice. With the mandate of the board, he set out to create an inclusive public service news institution that could respond to the needs of the community.
Five years later, Morris will step down on April 1 and pass the leadership of Charlottesville Tomorrow to Editor-in-Chief Angilee Shah.
“Over the past five years, this community has built something incredible together, a local news organization that can handle transitions like this. That’s the success story driving this succession process,” said Morris. “Charlottesville Tomorrow has never been in a stronger position than it’s in today.”
Shah has 20 years of experience building news projects and organizations that serve and empower diverse communities. She will lead the organization as CEO and Editor-in-Chief, along with board chair Jacqueline Salmon, a former Washington Post reporter and editor, who understands the unique challenges of running a values-driven nonprofit news institution.
“I’m honored and humbled to be taking the helm of a news organization that is leading the way in local news and focuses on equity. Charlottesville is among a rare group of small cities that has a news organization that answers directly to the communities it serves,” said Shah.
Shah and Morris will work closely over the next six weeks with the board to ensure that the transition is as smooth as possible for the staff and community.
“For me personally, the past five years have been an incredible journey, full of learning and challenges and bursts of joy and gratitude. What makes me so proud is that we are not just another nonprofit news organization, we are a community of readers and truth-tellers and innovators and, yes, journalists, focused on making the world a better place,” said Morris.
Charlottesville Tomorrow, founded in 2005, is a public-service journalism organization at the forefront of the national movement to redefine the relationship between local news and community.