Henri Giles

Currently Teaching:

Media Writing, Writing for Broadcast Media, and Film Appreciation


Henri Giles is an award-winning writer and producer and has worked independently over the years for broadcast and cable television, corporations, and online media. She has developed documentaries, lifestyle programming, and marketing strategies for a number of media companies. She wrote, produced, and directed the 2015 Emmy Award-winning documentary Reflect, Reclaim, Rejoice: Preserving the Gift of Black Sacred Music. Narrated by acclaimed actress Alfre Woodard, the film underscores the cultural significance of this original American art form and the need to preserve Black sacred music. She was a freelance field producer for The Oprah Winfrey Show for several years, working on segments that covered the Hurricane Katrina aftermath and rebuilding efforts, the Missouri child abductions, Oprah and Gayle’s road trip, holiday specials, and several other features. She has produced projects for OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, CBS News, CMT/MTV, Food Network, The Hallmark Channel, and others. Ms. Giles also co-created and produced the award-winning film Waiting in the Wings: African Americans in Country Music for CMT and MTV Networks. The groundbreaking documentary highlighted the contributions African Americans have made to country music.

Ms. Giles worked with civil rights icon, the Rev. Joseph E. Lowery, and co-wrote his first book project. Singing the Lord’s Song in a Strange Land, published in 2011, is a collection of his sermons and speeches from some of this country’s most memorable moments.


In the fall of 2015, Ms. Giles joined the faculty in the Communications Department at the University of Tennessee at Martin, her alma mater. She takes pride in teaching the next generation of journalists and media professionals while sharing her experiences of working many years in the media industry.



  • M.S. in Mass Communication, Middle Tennessee State University, 2015, Murfreesboro, TN
  • B.S. with major in Communications (Broadcasting), University of Tennessee at Martin, 1984, Martin, TN

Contact Information:

E-mail: hgiles1@utm.edu
Phone: 731-881-7553
Office: 305G Gooch Hall

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