Paul Gigot is the Washington columnist for The Wall Street Journal.  He writes a weekly column called "Potomac Watch" and is a regular debater on PBS's NewsHour With Jim Lehrer.

He won last year's Pulitzer Prize for commentary.

Gigot is also in line to succeed Robert Bartley, the current chief editor of The Journal's editorial page who is retiring next year.  He will run a 50-person staff that includes arts coverage and the Web site opinionjournal.com.

Gigot joined The Wall Street Journal as a Chicago reporter in 1980, moved to Hong Kong two years later where he won an Overseas Press Club award for his reporting on the Philippines.  In 1984, Gigot became the first editorial page editor of the Asian Wall Street Journal

He has also worked for the Far Eastern Economic Review in Hong Kong and National Review in New York. 

Gigot was raised in Green Bay, Wis.  He graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College.