Gil Thelen (formal name Gilbert Carl Thelen, Jr.) is a semi-retired newspaper editor/publisher and college professor. He lives in Tampa and works part-time as Executive Director of the Florida Society of News Editors.
Gil was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2013 at age 75.
Gil, a Chicago native, grew up in Milwaukee. He is a graduate of Duke University. He reported in Washington for 12 years before beginning his editing career at The Charlotte Observer.
Gil was chief editor at the Sun News in Myrtle Beach, S.C. and at The State in Columbia, S.C. He moved to Tampa in 1998 to become Executive Editor of the Tribune and retired as president and publisher in 2006. He subsequently was Clendinen Professor of Critical Writing at the University of South Florida until retirement in 2013.
Gil is married to the former Cynthia Struby and has four children and two grandchildren. He is a Rotarian and meals on wheels volunteer. He is a committed Methodist and is helping Hyde Park UMC establish a satellite campus in downtown Tampa primarily for spiritual but unchurched young people. He devotes much of his time to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation’s Patient Advocate in Research program.