Gillespie in 2013
Nicholas John Gillespie|
August 7, 1963
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
B.A., Rutgers University|
M.A., Temple University
Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo
|Occupation||Journalist, political commentator|
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Nicholas John Gillespie (//; born August 7, 1963) is an American libertarian journalist who was editor-in-chief of Reason magazine from 2000 to 2008 and editor-in-chief of Reason.com and Reason TV from 2008 to 2017. Gillespie originally joined Reason's staff in 1993 as an assistant editor and ascended to the top slot in 2000. He is currently an editor-at-large at Reason. Gillespie's work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Post, Slate, Salon, Time.com, Marketplace, and numerous other publications. He is a frequent commentator on radio and television networks such as National Public Radio, CNBC, CNN, C-SPAN, Fox Business, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, and PBS. He is almost certainly the only journalist to have interviewed both Ozzy Osbourne and Nobel laureates in economics such as Milton Friedman and Vernon Smith.
Life and career
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. 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.
In an interview with CNN anchor Jake Tapper, Gillespie and Tapper said that they contributed articles for the alternative website Suck.com in the 1990s. On Suck.com, Gillespie wrote under the pseudonym Mr. Mxyzptlk.
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." He also received an honorable mention for "Best News Organization Website."
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.
- 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.
- "Rachel Maddow, Nick Gillespie Have Intense Argument On 'Real Time'". Huffington Post. 2012-06-23. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
- "Who's Getting Your Vote?". Reason. November 2004. Retrieved 2008-10-27.
- Veronique de Rugy (June 21, 2011). "'The Declaration of Independents'". National Review Online. Retrieved July 2, 2011.
- "Staff: Nick Gillespie". reason.com. Retrieved February 11, 2010.
- Hirschmann, David(2003-11-04) , mediabistro.com
- CNN's Jake Tapper on The Hellfire Club, Donald Trump's Big Lies, and D.C.'s 'Bullshit Waterfall'- YouTube
- Suck Contributor: Nick Gillespie
- Varadarajan, Tunku (February 10, 2010). "The Right's Top 25 Journalists: 18. Nick Gillespie". The Daily Beast. Archived from the original on February 12, 2010. Retrieved February 11, 2010.
- Nick Gillespie - The Daily Beast