Nicholas John Gillespie 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.
Gillespie has a Ph.D. in American literature and edited the 2004 anthology Choice. He is a two-finalist for digital National Magazine Awards and one of the "Top 25 Journalists on The Right" according to the Daily Beast, which enthuses "the clear-headed, brainy Gillespie is among the foremost libertarians in America [who is] as often at odds with conservative mules as he is with liberals."
Gillespie served as editor in chief of Reason magazine from 2000 to 2008, creating its award-winning blog Hit & Run (praised by Playboy, the Washington Post, and the Village Voice) and making history by publishing the first mass-personalized magazine cover for 45,000 Reason subscribers in June 2004.
Prior to descending into the ring of hell known as political journalism, he was a staffer for publications such as Teen Machine, Smash Hits, and Metallix: It'll Rock You to Shreds!, and was a regular contributor to the pioneering satire site, Suck.com, where he wrote under the nom de plume Mr. Mxyzptlk.