Nick Gillespie

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Nick Gillespie
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Gillespie in 2013
Born Nicholas John Gillespie
(1963-08-07) August 7, 1963 (age 54)[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

Nicholas John Gillespie (/ɡɪˈlɛspi/; born August 7, 1963)[1] is an American libertarian journalist who was former editor-in-chief of Reason magazine from 2000 to 2008. He is currently a contributing editor of and the editor-in-chief at[2] He has written articles or been a commentator for a variety of media outlets.[3] Gillespie has edited one anthology, Choice: The Best of Reason, and co-authored one book, The Declaration of Independents.[4][5]

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.[6] 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.[7]

News website The Daily Beast named Gillespie number 18 on their list of "The Right's Top 25 Journalists".[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]

In 2011, Gillespie published The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What's Wrong with America with Reason editor-in-chief Matt Welch.[5]


  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. ^ "Reason Magazine and Announce New Editors" (Press release). Reason Foundation. November 27, 2007. 
  3. ^ "Rachel Maddow, Nick Gillespie Have Intense Argument On 'Real Time'". Huffington Post. 2012-06-23. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Who's Getting Your Vote?". Reason. November 2004. Retrieved 2008-10-27. 
  5. ^ a b Veronique de Rugy (June 21, 2011). "'The Declaration of Independents'". National Review Online. Retrieved July 2, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Staff: Nick Gillespie". Retrieved February 11, 2010. 
  7. ^ Hirschmann, David(2003-11-04) [1],
  8. ^ Varadarajan, Tunku (February 10, 2010). "The Right's Top 25 Journalists: 18. Nick Gillespie". The Daily Beast. Retrieved February 11, 2010. 
  9. ^ a b

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