London Free Press city columnist Ian Gillespie has worked as a journalist for 20 years, including stints as theatre critic, pop music reporter, arts editor and editorial writer. He has received several awards for his writing, including the 2005 Walter Blackburn Award for opinion and analysis at the Ontario Newspaper Awards. Before turning to journalism, Gillespie worked across Canada as an actor, including roles with Tarragon Theatre in Toronto, Theatre Aquarius in Hamilton and Persephone Theatre in Saskatoon. A graduate of York University's theatre program (where he received the Mavor Moore Award as most promising playwright) and Ryerson University's journalism department, Gillespie lives in London, Ont. with his wife and their three children.