Published Writers browse by location | browse by topic | add listing  |  edit listing  |  faqs

Tom Gillispie

Rural Hall, North Carolina, United States


Home page:

I've had a varied and versatile career. I was a newspaperman for 25 years, mostly as a writer and copy editor. I was an auto-racing writer from 1987 to 1999 for
newspapers, and I covered all of the usual sports plus off-the-beaten-path sports like bodybuilding, rugby, running, cycling. I started freelancing in 1990 with Winston Cup Scene and have since written for most of the top auto-racing magazines. I've done freelance work for The Miami Herald (basketball), The Baltimore Sun (football) and The Washington Post (auto racing), among other newspapers, and my magazine credits include Sports Illustrated (a short basketball feature) and The Sporting News' preseason auto-racing edition. I've written three books and have had four comic-book scripts published, all about racing. I became a full-time freelancer in 2005. In recent years, I have written for the Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal on subjects ranging from sports to history to wine to fitness. For instance, I wrote different stories about men who survived D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge, plus one who flew missions over the Hump from India to China and Burma. I wrote about a deaf girl who still played sports and music (cello, bass); the best and most unusual wine lists in Winston-Salem, and a young man who proposed to
his girlfriend while taking a carriage ride during the Festival of Lights at Tanglewood Park. I've also written outdoors stories for the Journal. Since 2003, I have added
The Business Journal of the Greater Triad, the Ultimate College Football Annual, The Associated Press, and Sports N Spokes (Paralyzed American Veterans)
to my list of credits.

Interests: writing and editing, sports, football, auto racing, dogs, mysteries, sci-fi books and movies, classic books and movies, country/western and rock 'n' roll music, Scrabble

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: Yes


Published works:


  • I Remember Dale Earnhardt
  • Racing Families: A Tribute to Racing's Fastest Dynasties