Daniel Gilbert joined The Wall Street Journal in October 2010 to cover the oil industry, based in Houston. Previously, he was a staff writer at the Bristol (Va.) Herald Courier, which won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for his series exposing flaws in Virginia’s administration of natural-gas royalties.
Gilbert, 28, is the founding donor of the Fund for Rural Computer-Assisted Reporting (R-CAR), in partnership with the University of Kentucky’s Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, and Investigative Reporters and Editors. The fund provides fellowships to rural journalists at small news organizations to get training in data analysis.
Prior to moving to Bristol in December 2007, Gilbert freelanced in the U.S. Southwest, Mexico and Washington, D.C. for English and Spanish-language outlets.
Fluent in Spanish and French, Gilbert has written for The Christian Science Monitor, The Dallas Morning News, Reuters, Scripps Howard News Service, The Richmond Times-Dispatch and The Washington Post Co.’s Spanish-language weekly, El Tiempo Latino.
Gilbert got his start in journalism at the Potomac News in Woodbridge, Va., where he covered immigration. A native of Prince William County, Va., he graduated from the University of Chicago in 2005 with a B.A. in international studies.
Turning prize money into better training for rural reporters
SHOWCASE | September 29, 2010
Daniel Gilbert, whose work won the Pulitzer public service award for a small Virginia newspaper this year, is using other prize money – $10,000 from Scripps Howard – to help fund a new computer-assisted training program run by Investigative Reporters and Editors.
An interview with the winner of the Pulitzer grand prize
SHOWCASE | April 30, 2010
“You don’t have to be at the New York Times or the Washington Post or the Wall Street Journal to do important work,” says Daniel Gilbert, the young, newly celebrated reporter on a small paper in Southwest Virginia. Gilbert’s work uncovered callousness, red tape and corporate neglect (to put it mildly) that was keeping natural gas royalties, often sorely needed, from going to thousands of people in Appalachia.
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