From Europe to Mid-America

Nicholas ("Nick") Gillespie

Nicholas ("Nick") Gillespie

Male 1963 -

Personal Information    |    Notes    |    Sources    |    All    |    PDF

  • Name Nicholas ("Nick") Gillespie  [1
    Nickname Nick 
    Born 8 Aug 1963  Brooklyn, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Journalism - Political commentator 
    Person ID I2141  SnoufferCampbell
    Last Modified 16 Jun 2011 

    Family Katherine "Kathi" Walke,   b. 6 Nov 1960  (Age 60 years) 
    Married Y  [1
     1. John ("Jack") Bradley Gillespie,   b. 6 Nov 1993  (Age 27 years)
     2. Neal Thomas Gillespie
    Last Modified 5 Dec 2009 
    Family ID F773  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Nick earned his B.A. degree from Rutgers University, and an M.A. from Temple Univ. He then achieved a Ph.D. from State Univ. of New York at Buffalo. He is (apparently) a right-wing, Libertarian journalist and political commentator.

      A bio sketch may be found at: (accessed Jun 2011):

      Nick Gillespie
      From: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
      Born: August 8, 1963 (age 47)
      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

      Nick Gillespie (born August 8, 1963) is the editor of and and was the editor in chief of Reason magazine from 2000 to 2008. He has written articles or been a commentator for many media outlets and edited one anthology, Choice: The Best of Reason.

      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.

      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 an 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 Gillespie and Neal.***"

      Another bio-sketch may be found at : :

      Nick Gillespie is editor in chief of and, the online platforms of Reason, the libertarian magazine of "Free Minds and Free Markets." The two sites draw over 4 million visits per month and have been named among the nation's best political sites by Playboy, Washingtonian, National Journal, and others. Gillespie is co-author, with his Reason colleague Matt Welch, of The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What's Wrong With America, to be published June 28, 2011 by Public Affairs.

      The Daily Beast has named Gillespie one of "The Right's Top 25 Journalists," calling him "clear-headed, brainy...[and] among the foremost libertarians in America." He is a two-time finalist for digital National Magazine Awards for his work on "UPS vs. FEDEX: Ultimate Whiteboard Mix" and the documentary series Reason Saves Cleveland with Drew Carey: How to Fix the Mistake on the Lake and Other Once-Great American Cities.

      Gillespie served as Reason magazine's editor in chief from 2000 to 2008. Under his direction, Reason won the 2005 Western Publications Association "Maggie" Award for Best Political Magazine. Gillespie originally joined Reason's staff in 1993 as an assistant editor and ascended to the top slot in 2000. In 2004, Gillespie edited the book Choice: The Best of Reason, an anthology of the magazine's best articles. The Washington Post featured Gillespie's tenure at Reason magazine, asking, "Which monthly magazine editor argues that the spread of pornography is a victory for free expression? And that drugs from marijuana to heroin should not only be legalized, but using them occasionally is just fine? And is also quite comfortable with gay marriage? The answer is Nick Gillespie, libertarian and doctor of literature, injecting [Reason magazine] with a pop-culture sensibility."

      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,, Marketplace, and numerous other publications. He was a regular contributor to the late, lamented satire site, Suck, where he wrote under the name Mr. Mxyzptlk.

      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 has worked as a reporter for several New Jersey newspapers and as an editor at several Manhattan-based music, movie, and teen magazines. 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.

      In 1996, Gillespie received his Ph.D. in English literature from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He also holds an M.A. in English with a concentration in creative writing from Temple University and a B.A. in English and Psychology from Rutgers University. Gillespie, the father of two sons, lives in Washington, DC, and Oxford, Ohio.

  • Sources 
    1. [S92] John Snouffer|, John Irving Snouffer, "Family History Reports" & Emails: 2000-2011, (John I. Snouffer, 807 Loch Lomond Ln, Worthington, OH 43085; Email: ).