Gilbert Bailón, a prominent leader in U.S. journalism, is the Executive Editor at KERA News in Dallas, Texas. He leads a newsroom of more than 30 journalists, reporters, producers and on-air hosts, serving the fifth-largest media market in the country through digital and broadcast channels.
Bailón was the editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch from 2012 to 2022. He had served previously as the Post-Dispatch’s editorial page editor and is widely recognized for his service heading two of the most important journalism organizations in the United States.
Gilbert began as a reporter at The Dallas Morning News and worked his way up to executive editor/vice president. In 2003, he became president and founding editor of Al Día, a pioneering local Spanish-language daily. Shortly thereafter, he became its publisher. AlDiaTx.com won an Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television News Directors Association – the first time this was awarded to a non-broadcast site.
He is past president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, from whom he received the prestigious ñ Leadership Award. He also is past director of the Unity Journalists of Color board and former board member of the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education.
Gilbert worked as a reporter at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Los Angeles Daily News, San Diego Union and Kansas City Star.
He is a graduate of the University of Arizona and the University of Texas.