Neil Reynolds

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Neil Reynolds (1940 – May 19, 2013) was a Canadian journalist, editor and one-time politician.

Career in journalism

Born in Kingston, Ontario in 1940,[1] Reynolds dropped out of high school and became a journalist.[2]

After working as a journalist at the Sarnia Observer and the London Free Press he became city editor of the Toronto Star, leaving in 1974 to join the Kingston Whig-Standard, becoming its editor-in-chief in 1978.[1][2]

Reynolds left Kingston to become editor-in-chief of the New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal and Saint John Times-Globe in 1992.[3] He was hired by Conrad Black as editor-in-chief of the Ottawa Citizen in 1996 and remained there until 2000 when he became editor-in-chief at the Vancouver Sun until 2003.[2]

He then moved to back Ottawa, Ontario and in 2007, he and his wife, Donna, bought Diplomat & International Canada, a magazine published in Ottawa.[4] In September 2009, he became editor-at-Large of three daily newspapers owned by Brunswick News Inc, including the Telegraph-Journal and its two sister publications, the Times & Transcript and The Daily Gleaner.[3][5] Reynolds ended his career as a columnist for the Report on Business section of the Globe and Mail, submitting what would be his final column in the summer of 2012.[2]


Although he had been a supporter of the New Democratic Party in earlier years, he entered politics as the Libertarian Party of Canada's candidate in the 1982 by-election in the riding of Leeds–Grenville. He won 13.4% of the vote, which was the highest percentage vote ever garnered by a Libertarian Party of Canada candidate, either then or since.[6] In May 1982, he became the party's leader,[7] but resigned in 1983 in order to return to his post as Editor of the Kingston Whig-Standard.[8]

Personal life

Reynolds' widow, Donna Jacobs, is an Ottawa-based freelance feature writer and columnist. He died on May 19, 2013, of cancer at the age of 72, leaving his wife, three children, and grandchildren.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Former Whig editor Neil Reynolds was 'the great editor' of his time". Kingston Whig-Standard. May 19, 2013. Retrieved May 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Obituary: Neil Reynolds, an editor who never ran with the pack". Ottawa Citizen. May 19, 2013. Retrieved May 19, 2013. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ a b Morrow, Andrew (May 20, 2013). "Veteran newspaper editor Neil Reynolds dead at age 72". Globe and Mail. Retrieved May 20, 2013. 
  4. ^ Haig, Terry (May 20, 2013). "Neil Reynolds dies at 72". Radio Canada International. Retrieved May 20, 2013. 
  5. ^ CBC News: "N.B. newspapers tap Neil Reynolds as editor" September 9, 2009
  6. ^ Libertarian Bulletin Vol.8, No. 6, November–December 1982, Page 6
  7. ^ Toronto Star, Monday May 24, 1982
  8. ^ Libertarian Bulletin Vol. 9, No. 4, July–August 1983

External links

  • Black's New Look Ottawa Citizen 1997 Maclean's feature concentrates on Reynolds and his career.
  • Neil Reynolds' Columns The Globe & Mail
Party political offices
Preceded by
Linda Cain
Libertarian Party of Canada leader
Succeeded by
Victor Levis
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