Gabe Gonda is the Globe and Mail‘s Arts editor. In his previous post at the Globe and Mail, he ran the Focus section. Before that, Gabe spent 12 years at the Toronto Star, where he worked on every desk as a copy editor, writing editorials, running the letters page, covering city hall, writing features, working as an assignment editor and running the Saturday Insight section for three years. Gabe went to the University of Toronto, where he played a year of varsity basketball, ran a student journal of political theory and dropped out to edit a campus newspaper called The Newspaper. That was before the Internets were a big deal.
Did you always want to be in the media? If not, what other careers were on the horizon?
When I was a kid I wanted to play for the Blue Jays, other than that I had no career plan.
Where would you like to be five years from now?
Any advice for people getting started in your industry?
Have a good luck charm.
What are your favourite media outlets, not including your own?
The New Yorker, TMZ, ESPN.com, the London Review of Books.
Best interview you’ve ever had? Worst?
Lots of good ones. Worst was Jerry Stackhouse of the Detroit Pistons. He kept looking at me like I was birdshit on his shoe.
Best advice you’ve ever been given?
What rule(s) do you live your life by?
The Ten Commandments, at least that’s what I tell my rabbi.
What’s the most important tip you can give PR pros?
Best experience you’ve had with a PR pro? We love to hear about #wins.
The best PR work, like good refereeing or good editing, is invisible.
Whenever I can.
Best place on earth?
At my dinner table, with my wife and two sons.
Anyone who asks strange questions, like my friend Ira.
My grandfather. He owned a newspaper in Paris before World War II, but had to drop everything to save his family from the Nazis. He wrote for Hearst in Geneva and finished a Ph.D in history before starting over in America at the age of 42. Moved back to Paris in his 60’s and won a prize from the French academy for his book on the Treaty of Versailles a few weeks before dropping dead in 1982.
Favourite app (or whatever you are downloading these days)?
Pool or ocean?
Voicemail or email?