Gibbons is given a "home town" welcome at Minneapolis, Minnesota on October 5, 1918. To the right of the photo is his sister Zelda.
|Born||Floyd Phillips Gibbons
Washington, D.C., United States
|Occupation||Journalist and Radio Commentator|
Floyd Phillips Gibbons (1887 – September 1939) was the war correspondent for the Chicago Tribune during World War I. One of radio's first news reporters and commentators, he was famous for a fast-talking delivery style. Floyd Gibbons lived a life of danger of which he often wrote and spoke.
Gibbons started with the Tribune in 1907. He became well known for covering the Pancho Villa Expedition in 1916, and for reporting on the 1917 torpedoing of the British ship Laconia, on which he was a passenger.
In August 1918, Gibbons was given France's greatest honor, the Croix de Guerre with Palm, for his valor on the field of battle. On June 21, 1941, Marine Corps League State Commandant Roland L. Young posthumously awarded Gibbons a gold medal, making him an honorary member of the Marine Corps. It was the first such civilian honor ever made in the history of the Marine Corps League.
In the 1920s and 1930s, Gibbons was widely known as a radio commentator and narrator of newsreels, for which he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He also narrated Vitaphone's "Your True Adventures" series of short films , which began as a radio program in which Gibbons paid twenty-five dollars for the best story submitted by a listener. In 1927 he wrote a biography of the Red Baron called The Red Knight of Germany. He also wrote the speculative fiction novel The Red Napoleon in 1929. Gibbons was the narrator for the documentary film With Byrd at the South Pole (1930). In 1929, he had his own half-hour radio program heard Wednesday nights on the NBC Red Network at 10:30. Competition from Paul Whiteman's show on CBS Radio, however, brought Gibbons' show to an end by March 1930.
Gibbons died of a heart attack in September 1939 at his farm in Pennsylvania.
In 1953 Gibbons' brother Edward published a biography of Floyd titled Floyd Gibbons - Your Headline Hunter.
- Floyd Gibbons - Your Headline Hunter; Exposition Press, New York, 1953, a biography by his brother.
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- Floyd Gibbons at Belleau Wood Article condensed from Edward's book by Shelley Mitchell-Schaaf, Floyd's great niece.
- Floyd Gibbons biography - "Radio Days" website
- Gibbons's article on the sinking of the Laconia
- "Devil Dogs," from Country Life, December 1918.