Hello and welcome to my Web page. I'm Paul Giblin, a Phoenix-based journalist who has served as a newspaper editor, columnist and reporter in Arizona, Hawaii and New Mexico for more than 24 years. I’ve covered the military, government, politics, business, sports and more.
Recently, I've been working as a civilian employee of the U.S. Army in Kabul, Afghanistan. I'm assigned to the Army Corps of Engineers and stationed at the Qalaa House compound, which used to be the Iraqi embassy. It's fascinating work. I travel across Afghanistan to report on the U.S. and coalition forces’ reconstruction efforts in the war-torn country. I've covered an undercover sting involving a multi-million-dollar fraud case, and violence against Afghan workers at a contruction site near the Pakistan border, among other topics.
Previously, I wrote for the East Valley Tribune in Arizona and co-authored a five-day investigative series called “Reasonable Doubt,” which was awarded the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting, the George Polk Award for justice reporting, the Best of the West first place award for investigative reporting and the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for investigative reporting. The work also was selected as a finalist in the Investigative Reporters and Editors contest. It was quite an honor.
I worked with former Tribune reporter Ryan Gabrielson for six months on the series that examined the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office’s illegal-immigration enforcement operation, its threat to civil liberties and its hidden costs to county residents. The project was featured on the national PBS television show “NOW on PBS” on Friday, March 27, 2009, and on the PBS site “Exposé: America’s Investigative Reports.”
I learned about the Pulitzer results on April 20, 2009, while covering a U.S. Senate field hearing about illegal immigration in Phoenix. Nearly everyone of any stature in Arizona associated with illegal immigration enforcement attended the hearing. There was, however, one notable exception. Sheriff Joe Arpaio learned about the results while taping an episode of the Comedy Central program "The Colbert Report" in New York.
Since publication, the U.S. Department of Justice has launched its own investigation into the sheriff’s office for possible civil rights violations in association with its illegal immigration enforcement efforts. The FBI is on the case investigating possible criminal civil rights violations as well. Furthermore, the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee has started a series of investigative hearings, again for possible civil rights violations.
My work also has been published in The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News and Boys’ Life magazine, among other publications. I have appeared as a guest on CNN, C-Span, NPR, WNYC radio and BBC radio, plus several Phoenix-area broadcast outlets.
U.S. Army. Kabul, Afghanistan. Civilian public affairs specialist. I travel throughout Afghanistan to cover the
multi-billion-dollar reconstruction effort by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other agencies.
Representative topics: Attempts by U.S. officials to force Afghan contractors to pay their employees and
reduce corruption; a new agreement by the Corps of Engineers and coalition military forces for joint
military/civilian travel missions into dangerous areas; programs to teach job skills to Afghan workers; an
undercover FBI investigation into a multi-million-dollar fraud case. I also plan and coordinate events, and
research and write internal materials. November 2009 to present.
The Arizona Guardian. Phoenix. Co-founder and senior political editor of the subscription-based
news site that covers Arizona government and politics. January 2009 to November 2009.
East Valley Tribune. Mesa, Ariz.
• Federal affairs reporter. Cover Arizona’s federal officials and national topics, such as U.S. Senate
and House races and the heated immigration debate. Broke news that independent voters were
registering in Arizona at twice the rate of Republican and Democratic voters combined. Covered
the public ruckus outside a county Board of Supervisors meeting that was illegally closed by sheriff’s
deputies. January 2006 to January 2009.
• Metro columnist/reporter. Wrote columns on politics, schools, police and mysterious holes in
people’s front yards. Detailed a teen boxer’s fight against racism at a city gym and uncovered the
hidden drug history of a Scottsdale police official. Used public records to show how the county’s
stadium tax is siphoning revenue from East Valley cities and distributing it to West Valley cities.
December 2002 to December 2005.
• Scottsdale editor. Directed the Tribune’s nine-person Scottsdale bureau. Served as on-site editor
during the Rodeo-Chediski wildfire near Show Low. May 2001 to December 2002.
• Reporter. Exposed the threat to air safety caused by plans to build the Arizona Cardinals football stadium
in the flight path of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Elicited a written confession in
the Chandler car wash murder. Covered America West Airlines’ labor issues. January 1995 to May
The New York Times. Phoenix. Cover Arizona topics as a regular stringer. Representative topics: New
airport security measures, the Serial Shooter case, immigration arrests, the NHL gambling scandal
and a disabled Iraq War veteran’s try-out with the San Diego Padres baseball team. 2002 to 2009.
The Dallas Morning News. Phoenix. Covered Arizona topics as a regular stringer. Representative
topics: Illegal immigrant drop houses, feral paint-sniffing children living in the sewers under the U.S.-Mexico
border, cryonics, manure-stomping cattle at a copper mine and saguaro shootings. 1993 to 2005.
The Phoenix Business Journal. Phoenix. Sports business and tourism reporter. Broke the story of
Major League Baseball coming to Phoenix. Wrote a weekly column on the tourism industry. 1993 to 1995.
Pacific Business News. Honolulu. Finance and banking writer. Covered financial services and banking.
1992 to 1993.
The Honolulu Advertiser. Honolulu. Freelance sports writer. Covered the Honolulu Marathon, pro boxing
and other sports. 1990 to 1992.
Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Honolulu. Freelance sports writer. Covered a riot that broke out during
the Hawaii Golden Gloves state boxing tournament, college basketball and other sports. 1989 to 1990.
Scottsdale Progress. Scottsdale, Ariz. Sports writer. Covered the Arizona Cardinals’ first season in the state,
Cactus League baseball and general assignment sports. 1988 to 1989.
Las Cruces Sun-News. Las Cruces, N.M. Sports writer, layout editor. 1985 to 1988.
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