Gilbert Bailon

About Gilbert

Gilbert Bailon is editor of the Post-Dispatch, overseeing all print and digital news coverage, including the editorial pages. He served as editorial page editor for 4 ½ years before he became editor in 2012. Gilbert, 57, received the Benjamin C. Bradlee 2014 Editor of The Year Award from the National Press Foundation after the August police shooting in Ferguson. The Post-Dispatch photography team won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography, and the editorial page was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for coverage of the Ferguson shooting aftermath. A Tempe, Ariz., native, he worked almost 25 years in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, chiefly at The Dallas Morning News, where he held a number of positions ranging from reporter to executive editor. In 2003, he became the founding editor and publisher of Al Dia, then a newly launched Spanish-language daily newspaper operated by the Morning News. He also has worked for the Fort Worth Star Telegram, San Diego Union and Kansas City Star. Gilbert is a past president of the American Society of News Editors and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, which has inducted him into its hall of fame and awarded him the N leadership award. He remains active in ASNE and serves on the Alfred Friendly Press Partners advisory board, which provides U.S. fellowships for international journalists. He also is president of the Hispanic Chamber of Metropolitan St. Louis foundation board. Gilbert was named the outstanding journalism graduate at the University of Arizona in 1981 and earned his master’s degree in American history at the University of Texas-Arlington. Bailon has worked for newspapers since middle school and served as editor of his school newspapers in high school and college in Arizona.