Bob Gabordi, 60, was named executive editor of FLORIDA TODAY and FLORIDATODAY.com on Jan. 12, 2015. He previously was executive editor of the Tallahassee Democrat and Tallahassee.com, a position he held since Aug. 30, 2005, when Gannett Company acquired the newspaper. He has a bachelor’s degree from Roger Williams University in Rhode Island in political studies and earned his MBA from Northeastern University in Boston.
Bob is a past president and a member of the executive board of the Florida Society of News Editors. He has spent most of his 38-plus year career as a journalist with Gannett in various reporting and editing roles, including top editor roles in Marietta, Ohio, Huntington, WV, Asheville, NC, and Tallahassee.
He is a four-time winner of Gannett’s President’s Ring given to the company’s finalists for editor of the year. His blog has won the top award from the Florida Society News Editors six times and placed second two years. In 2012, he was named the Budd Bell Award winner by Kids Incorporated for advocacy on behalf of children. He coached baseball for 35 years at various levels.
Bob has been married to Donna for 37 years and they have five children: Rob, Niki, Danielle, Jessica and Alex, and four grandchildren, Cole, Finleigh, Madison and Brady with one more coming in July.
I chose this persona because Eva Peron was among the most powerful women of her age, beloved in Argentina the way Jackie Kennedy was loved a decade later in the United States. Yet, her story was filled with intrigue and tragedy.
She was only 33 when she died of cancer in 1952. She came from the rural areas of Argentina, became a minor celebrity as a radio actress in radio’s Golden Age and became the power behind the president as the wife of Juan Peron, always remembering where she came from as a great influencer on social and labor issues.
I visited her tomb in Buenos Aires and it is still a huge tourist attraction more than half a century later.