Nancy (Wilson) Heslin has become an established journalist and lifestyle writer since 2001 when she swapped the chilly temps of Canada for year-round sunshine on the Côte d’Azur. Based in Nice, she became a French citizen in 2010 to obtain the right to vote.
Her reputation in the South of France has had an international dimension for some time. During the aftermath of the Nice Bastille Day attack on July 14, 2016, she appeared on international media: BBC World Service (UK), BBC Northern Ireland, CBC (Canada), CTV News (Canada), Global News (Canada), Morning Report (New Zealand).
Until May 2018, she was Editor in Chief of Monaco Life, the Principality’s leading daily news website in English. Her role as Editor-in-Chief of the Riviera Reporter for 15 years came to an end when the English-language magazine closed in 2016 after 30 years of publication, partially a result of Brexit.
She has penned for various airline magazines, such as easyJet Traveller, Iberia Ronda, Wizz and Norwegian Airlines N Magazine and for nine years has written for Fodor’s Travel Guides (France, Provence & The Côte d’Azur and Paris editions).
From 2013-2016 she taught “Debates and Interviews” in English at the French École du Journalisme in Nice, where she also gave a Master’s course on the History of International Media.
Nancy also reported as a stringer for People Magazine for several years, covering events from the Cannes Film Festival and the Monaco Grand Prix, while on other occasions she’s taken the TGV with Tom Cruise to Marseille and sipped champagne with Paris Hilton in St Tropez.