Having swapped the chilly temps of Canada for glorious year-round sunshine on the Côte d’Azur in 2001, NANCY HESLIN is an established media personality in Monaco and the French Riviera. She became a French citizen in 2010 to obtain the right to vote.
While Nancy started her passion project Good News, Monaco in November 2020 to share positive human interest stories that support the community and local businesses in a time of Covid, her mission to deliver good news continues today.
This feel good movement continues with her most recent project, Nancy & PJ Finally Get Together, a podcast on love stories and relationships, and the the two lives in between. Within three days of launching on January 23, 2023, the podcast hit 5OO downloads and counting. This is a spinoff of Nancy & PJ Learn French, a 75,000-word lived experience non-fiction manuscript currently be shopped to publishers.
She was Editor in Chief of the bimonthly Forbes Monaco, from its launch in November 2018 until January 2023, when it ceased publishing due to licensing terms. The title was part of the Forbes family, which reaches 5 million readers and 150 million people monthly across all platforms (print, online, video and on social, through Live and virtual events.
Nancy also does reporting for Riviera Radio, the English-language FM radio station in Monaco that broadcasts across the South of France.
Additionally she is a gifted moderator, with events in the Principality including the 1st Forbes Monaco Power Women’s Summit “Empowering Women Economically” panel with Cherie Blair, Shanu Hinduja, Shevon Harris-Holyfield and Chinwe Esimai, and the Prince Albert Foundation & UBS Monaco Pelagos Initiative.
Her reputation in Monaco and the South of France has had an international dimension for some time. She was recently interviewed by ARTE and Channel 5 for documentaries on the Principality. 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).
Nancy began rowing in 2020 at the Société Nautique de Monaco and won for Monaco at the 2022 French Coastal Rowing Championships (Women’s Masters x4 6000m). She is currently on the Board of the Monaco rowing club and a member of the Communications Commission.
From 2016-2018, Nancy was Editor in Chief of Monaco Life, this followed her position as Editor in Chief of the Riviera Reporter for 15 years, which 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, Norwegian Airlines N Magazine, Iberia Ronda and Wizz and for 12 years has written for Fodor’s Travel Guides (France, Provence & The Côte d’Azur and Paris editions).
From 2013-2016 Nancy 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 (Wilson) 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.