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© Bruce Gillespie 2006-2012
He is also an award-winning freelance writer and editor. He got his start in journalism at the age of 15 at the Mid-North Monitor, a weekly community newspaper based in Espanola, Ontario. He went on to pursue a degree in journalism at Carleton University, in Ottawa, where he became the arts editor of the independent campus newspaper, The Charlatan. He transferred to Ryerson University mid-way through his degree and graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Journalism in 2000. He received his Master of Arts--Integrated Studies in Cultural Studies from Athabasca University in 2009.
After working as a fact-checker and copyeditor at Canadian Business and then the staff writer at MoneySense, Bruce decided to become a freelancer in 2002, providing him the chance to work on a wider range of stories. His writing has since appeared in a variety of newspapers (National Post, the Nunatsiaq News), books (Time Out Toronto, POP CAN: Popular Culture in Canada) and magazines (Chatelaine, Saturday Night, Financial Post Business, Quill & Quire, Canadian Geographic and ON Nature).
Bruce is honoured by the recognition his writing has received. His work on the “Family Finance: How to Retire Rich” package for National Post Business earned two honourable mentions at the National Magazine Awards in 2004, while his work on “A Survival Guide to Family Finance” package, also in National Post Business, earned him an honourable mention at the NMAs in 2003. Bruce’s story “Presumed Guilty,” in MoneySense, won an honourable mention at the NMAs in 2001 as well as the Best Consumer Feature in the Rogers Media Best Of Awards the same year.
On the editing side of things, Bruce was the editor of Bankrate.ca, a popular personal finance web site for Canadians. He was also the listings editor for the first edition of the Time Out Toronto travel guide, published in 2003 by Penguin Books Canada, and edited the This & That section of This Magazine between 2004 and 2005. Bruce was also a contributing editor for the Ryerson Review of Journalism from 2003 to 2010.
Bruce co-edited Nobody's Father: Life Without Kids, with Lynne Van Luven. The book is a collection of essays that is a sequel of sorts to Nobody's Mother (TouchWood Editions, 2006). It was published in September 2008 by TouchWood Editions. The third anthology in this series, Somebody's Child: Stories About Adoption, will be published in September 2011.
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