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BC Native Enjoying 'The Life' at ESPN.com and shares Terry Fox article
BC Native, Jim Wilkie is an Editor at ESPN.com 'the Life'. He was kind enough to share with us the link to a recent article on Steve Nash regarding the launch of the Terry Fox movie, "Into the Wind".
The Canadian Expat Network asked Wilkie about his transition to the US and his work with ESPN.com.
I grew up in Port Coquitlam, B.C., and after graduating from Port Coquitlam Senior Secondary School (Now Terry Fox High School) in 1983 I pursued my goal of becoming a hockey writer for a major metropolitan newspaper.
After attending a couple of community colleges in the Vancouver area, I attended Western Washington University, where I received a B.A. in journalism. My first job was in Twin Falls, Idaho, as a copy editor for The Times-News in 1989, followed by another copy editing job at The Tri-City Herald in Kennewick, Wash., in 1993. Then I was lucky to find a Paul Allen-owned startup in Bellevue, Wash., called Starwave that was looking for desk editors. This turned out to be the ESPN's website and I was fortunate to get in early, leading to great jobs as NHL editor, night news editor, Page 2 editor, NBA.com editor and NHL Insider writer.
I've also worked as a copy editor for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and Toronto Star newspapers before returning to ESPN.com as The Life and Music editor where I now enjoy editing and writing athlete and fan lifestyle stories.
I never got that NHL beat at a newspaper, but things worked out wonderfully with opportunities to cover the 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999 Stanley Cup Finals and many other sporting events.
Most importantly, I met my future wife and fellow Canadian, Kelly Tremblay, while we were playing co-rec floor hockey in Seattle in 1999. We married in 2001 and still live in Seattle with our sons, Jack, 7, and Luke, 5, two proud dual citizens.