Speaker SpotLight | Nick Gillespie
Nick Gillespie is editor-in-chief of Reason magazine, a libertarian monthly named one of "The 50 Best Magazines" for two straight years by The Chicago Tribune. Established in 1968, Reason is a four-time finalist for National Magazine Awards.
Gillespie’s work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Slate, Salon, and many other publications. He is also a frequent commentator on radio and television networks, including National Public Radio, Fox News Channel, CNN, and C-Span.
Gillespie originally joined Reason's staff in 1993 as an assistant editor and ascended to the top slot in 2000. Before joining Reason, Gillespie 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 the 2002 Nobel laureate in economics, 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.