Department of Communication, Journalism, and Public Relations

Wilson Hall, Room 316
371 Wilson Boulevard
Rochester, MI 48309-4486
(location map)
(248) 370-4120

General Department Questions:
Crystal Bell

Garry Gilbert

A headshot of Garry J. Gilbert.

Director of the Journalism Program
Areas of Specialty: Journalism Ethics and Media Editing
Office: 107 East Vandenberg Hall
Phone: (248) 370-2105

Garry J. Gilbert, a media reporter and editor for more than 40 years, is the director of the journalism program at Oakland University. Gilbert holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in U.S. History from Oakland. His master’s thesis examined the emergence of conservative columnists during the 1930s and their coverage of the politics of the Great Depression and the New Deal.

In 1999, Gilbert directed the establishment of a $50,000 Oakland Press Endowed Scholarship for Journalism Excellence at his alma mater. He was named winner of the university’s Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award in 2000. Gilbert was invited to join the journalism faculty at Michigan State University in 2006 as a visiting editor and lecturer. He returned to Oakland as journalism program director in 2007.

Gilbert is married to Holly Shreve Gilbert, who received her M.A. from Oakland in 2005. Holly is an adjunct instructor of journalism at OU. Together, they created the Holly and Garry Gilbert Endowment for Safeguarding the Public Interest in 2013. In 2014, Gilbert earned national and state explanatory journalism awards for his published article Trauma & Triumph about the science of post-traumatic growth. In 2015, Holly and Garry were named Spirit of Oakland award winners by the OU Alumni Association.

Gilbert is adviser to The Oakland Post, OU’s independent student newspaper. He is a past president of the Michigan Associated Press Editors Association, and a former trustee of the Birmingham Unitarian Church and the Oakland Alumni Association.