Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Paul Gigot has traveled the world
as a reporter, editor and political columnist. Born
in San Antonio, Texas, in 1955, Gigot and his family
soon moved to Green Bay, Wisconsin. Gigot's career
in journalism began in seventh grade when he began
his own newspaper, chronicling middle school life.
After graduating from Abbot Pennings High School,
Gigot attended Dartmouth College, where he served as editor
of the school paper. He graduated summa cum laude
Gigot went on to work at The National Review before
winning a foundation grant that sent him to work
in Asia for the Far Eastern Economic Review. In 1980
he joined the Chicago bureau of The Wall Street Journal,
covering banking and real estate. Two years later
the Journal sent Gigot to Hong Kong as its Asia correspondent,
where he won an Overseas Press Club award for his
reporting on Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos.
Gigot became the first editorial page editor of The
Wall Street Journal Asia in 1984.
Gigot briefly left the Journal in 1986 and served as a White House Fellow at the White House and Treasury Department. He returned in 1987 and became a political columnist. Gigot's column, "Potomac Watch," won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 2000. During this time, he also became a regular political analyst on the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on PBS.
On September 17, 2001, Gigot became the editorial page editor for The Wall Street Journal, overseeing the editorial pages for the paper's U.S., Asia, Europe and online editions. Gigot also serves as moderator for The Journal Editorial Report, the paper's television program on PBS.
The Wisconsin Historical Society celebrated the lifetime achievements of Paul Gigot, along with four other individuals with Wisconsin ties, during its first annual History Makers Gala in Milwaukee on Tuesday, May 23, 2006. Gigot was the recipient of The Lucius W. Neiman Award for Distinction in Journalism & Communications.