Nick Gillespie is editor-in-chief of Reason, a libertarian monthly named one of “The 50 Best Magazines” for three of the last four years by The Chicago Tribune and the winner of the 2005 Western Publications Association “Maggie” award for best political magazine. Gillespie also oversees Reason Online, whose award-winning staff blog, Hit & Run, was just named one of “The Top 10 Political blogs” by Playboy.
Asks The Washington Post: “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, who…is injecting [Reason magazine] with a pop-culture sensibility.”
The 43-year-old Gillespie originally joined Reason’s staff in 1993 as an assistant editor and ascended to the top slot in 2000. His 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 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 programs appearing on National Public Radio, CNBC, CNN, C-SPAN, Fox News, and MSNBC. He has also 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. Gillespie, the father of two sons, lives in Washington, D.C. and Oxford, Ohio.