Kent Gilchrist, who shares a nickname with former AFL, CFL and NFL running back Carlton Chester “Cookie” Gilchrist, began his journalism career after graduating high school at the Brandon Sun in Manitoba.
Gilchrist would have stints at the Regina Leader-Post and at the Winnipeg Free Press before making the move out to the West Coast in the 1970s. He would first join the Vancouver Sun before making his way to The Province. Kent spent 11 years as the beat reporter covering the BC Lions, and six as sports editor in the 1980s covering everything from the Olympic Games, Stanley Cup finals, the Kentucky Derby, The Masters, U.S. Open, PGA Championship and, of course, multiple Grey Cups.
Kent spent 37 years with The Province and was enshrined into the CFL’s Football Reporters of Canada Hall of Fame in 2005. He was also awarded the Northwest Golf Media Association Distinguished Service Award in 2015.