Paul Gigot

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Paul Gigot
Paul Gigot in 2015.jpg
Gigot in 2015
Born (1955-05-24) May 24, 1955 (age 65)
Alma materDartmouth College
OccupationPolitical analyst, journalist

Paul Anthony Gigot (/ˈɡ/; born May 24, 1955) is an American Pulitzer Prize winning conservative political commentator and editor of the editorial pages for The Wall Street Journal. He is also the moderator of the public affairs television series Journal Editorial Report, a program reflecting the Journal's editorial views which airs on Fox News Channel.

Early life[edit]

Paul Gigot was born in San Antonio, Texas, and he and his family moved to Green Bay, Wisconsin not long afterward. He is Roman Catholic and attended Catholic schools for 12 years.[1][2] He graduated from Abbot Pennings High School in De Pere, Wisconsin in 1973.[3]

He graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1977,[1] where he wrote for and later edited The Dartmouth.


Prior to becoming an editor at The Wall Street Journal, Gigot spent 14 years writing the column "Potomac Watch". His career at the Journal began in 1980, when he became a reporter covering Chicago, Illinois. Two years later he became the paper's Asia correspondent in Hong Kong. While in Hong Kong in 1984, Gigot was placed in charge of The Wall Street Journal Asia.

From 1986 to 1987, Gigot served as a White House Fellow under President Ronald Reagan.

During the 1990s, he was a regular guest on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, appearing in the program's weekly political analysis segment, opposite Mark Shields, the regular liberal pundit.

In 2000, Gigot won a Pulitzer Prize for his weekly Potomac Watch column in The Wall Street Journal, and became the Journal's editorial-page editor in 2001.[1]

Paul Gigot has been described as leading a 'fatwa' against the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, via the editorial pages of The Wall Street Journal.[4]

In 2017, Gigot was alleged to have forced out junior colleague Mark Lasswell from The Wall Street Journal the previous summer, after Lasswell continued to publish op-eds critical of Donald Trump. Gigot refused to comment on the personnel change.[5]

Under Gigot's tenure as editorial page editor and vice president[when?], The Wall Street Journal's editorial page has been criticised by three left-leaning media for its pro-Trump stance.[6][7][8]

Gigot hosts the weekly cable show Journal Editorial Report on Fox News Channel.


  1. ^ a b c McDougall, Connie (Spring 2003). "Breakfast With Paul Gigot". Seattle Pacific University. Retrieved 9 January 2016.
  2. ^ Gigot, Paul A. (5 February 2011). "Packers part of growing up in Green Bay". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Paul Gigot at the Wisconsin Historical Society". Retrieved 2010-09-29.
  4. ^ Halperin, Mark; Heilemann, John (November 2013). Double Down: Game Change 2012. Penguin. p. 137. ISBN 978-1101638705. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  5. ^ Gray, Rosie (10 February 2017). "Conflict Over Trump Forces Out an Opinion Editor at The Wall Street Journal". The Atlantic. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  6. ^ Schwartz, Jason (30 October 2017). "Murdoch-owned outlets bash Mueller, seemingly in unison". Politico. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  7. ^ Pompeo, Joe (1 November 2017). ""A Different Level of Crazy": Is Civil War Breaking Out in The Wall Street Journal Over the Editorial Board's Coverage of Mueller?". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  8. ^ Salam, Reihan (31 October 2017). "Why the Wall Street Journal Is Calling for Robert Mueller's Ouster". Slate. Retrieved 21 December 2017.

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