Nick Gillespie

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Nick Gillespie
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Nick Gillespie
Born (1963-08-07) August 7, 1963 (age 50)[1]
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Education B.A., Rutgers University
M.A., Temple University
Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo
Occupation Journalist, Political Commentator
Religion None (apatheism)[2]

Nick Gillespie (born August 7, 1963)[1] is an American libertarian journalist. He is the editor of and and was the editor in chief of Reason magazine from 2000 to 2008.[3] He has written articles or been a commentator for many media outlets and edited one anthology, Choice: The Best of Reason.[4]

Gillespie hosts and anchors a number of the Reason TV offerings, and has become, along with Drew Carey, one of the most familiar faces of Reason TV.

Life and career[edit]

Gillespie was born in Brooklyn, New York, and grew up in New Jersey. His educational history includes a B.A. in English and psychology from Rutgers University and a M.A. in English from Temple University, as well as a Ph.D. in English literature from the State University of New York at Buffalo.[5] He has two sons, Jack and Neal Gillespie.

Prior to joining Reason, Gillespie worked at a number of small trade magazines and other journalistic outlets. He worked for several years at Teen Machine magazine, where he interviewed celebrities and ghost-wrote an advice column for actress Alyssa Milano.[6]

News website The Daily Beast named Nick Gillespie number 18 on their list of "The Right's Top 25 Journalists".[7] Chuck Plunkett of The Denver Post has called Gillespie "an urbane sophisticate" and:

a true intellectual, who can, before finishing his lunch, discuss how The Great Gatsby might be written today, switch to a riff on free-market reasons for supporting a value-added tax, reference economic studies that detail the "self-correcting" tax distribution in European countries that have applied a VAT, chart from memory the nation’s deficit spending patterns since the Great Depression, and all while handling a pretend-I’m-interested discussion with a political candidate whose conversation is limited to repeating the phrase, "It’ll be a real dog-fight, in every sense of the word."[8]

Gillespie shared the award for "Best Advocacy Journalism" at the 53rd Annual Southern California Journalism Awards with Drew Carey and Paul Feine for their work "Reason Saves Cleveland."[9] He also received an honorable mention for "Best News Organization Website."[9]

Gillespie has never voted for a winning presidential candidate.[10]

In 2011, Nick Gillespie published The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What's Wrong with America with Reason editor-in-chief Matt Welch.[11]


  1. ^ a b Gillepsie, Nick (August 7, 2012). "My Birthday Wish: Please Reverse Engineer Obama's Awful "Events Registry" By Sending Him Gifts, Not Cash". Reason (Reason Foundation). Retrieved August 7, 2012. 
  2. ^ Gillespie, Nick. "Christopher Hitchens, RIP". Reason Magazine. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Reason Magazine and Announce New Editors" (Press release). Reason Foundation. November 27, 2007. 
  4. ^ "Who's Getting Your Vote?". Reason. November 2004. Retrieved 2008-10-27. 
  5. ^ "Staff: Nick Gillespie". Retrieved February 11, 2010. 
  6. ^ Hirschmann, David(2003-11-04) [1],
  7. ^ Varadarajan, Tunku (February 10, 2010). "The Right's Top 25 Journalists: 18. Nick Gillespie". The Daily Beast. Retrieved February 11, 2010. 
  8. ^ Plunkett, Chuck (2010-07-19) Spotted This Morning: Reason among alcohol, tobacco and firearms, Denver Post
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  10. ^ Reasoners on The Freedom Watch With Da Judge: Nick Gillespie Talks Down Presidents on Their Very Special Day, Reason (Feb. 21, 2011)
  11. ^ Veronique de Rugy (June 21, 2011). "‘The Declaration of Independents’". National Review Online. Retrieved July 2, 2011. 

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