Open main menu

Laurie Gelman, née Hibberd (born April 4, 1964) is a Canadian television personality and writer,[1] originally from Ottawa, Ontario. In 2007 she worked on two Canadian-based talk shows, The Mom Show and Doctor in the House.[2]

Laurie Gelman
Laurie Hibberd

(1964-04-04) April 4, 1964 (age 55)
Spouse(s)Michael Gelman


Hibberd was raised in Ottawa, Canada and is a graduate of Ryerson University in Toronto and graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism. She began her broadcasting career as a traffic reporter at CKFM Radio in Toronto from 1986 through 1988.[citation needed] In the late 1980s and early 1990s, she served as a host on YTV for YTV Rocks and Rock'n'Talk.[1] She later became an entertainment reporter for WSVN-TV in Miami from 1992 to 1994. From 1994 to 1996, she joined Tom Bergeron to co-host the morning show Breakfast Time on FX. She also appeared on Good Morning America and Good Morning America Sunday.[3] and the CBS Early Show.

She published the humorous novel Class Mom in 2017.[4] The book was a shortlisted finalist for the 2018 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour,[5] and won the Vine Award for Canadian Jewish Literature. It was followed by a sequel, You've Been Volunteered, in 2019.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

She is married to television producer Michael Gelman; they have two children.[1] She is a convert to Judaism, the faith of her husband.[7][8]


  1. ^ a b c "Host of The Mom Show finds heart in NYC; Upper West Side; After scouting for a year, Laurie Gelman found her perfect home". National Post, July 21, 2007.
  2. ^ "Canadian reality shows fill winter lineup on Slice TV network". Prince George Citizen, November 24, 2007.
  3. ^ "Laurie Gelman: ‘For goodness sake, don’t log on to the WiFi!’". The Globe and Mail, August 4, 2017.
  4. ^ "Laurie Gelman got fired from being a 'class mom' — and the experience inspired her new comic novel". CBC Books, November 13, 2017.
  5. ^ "Scaachi Koul, Laurie Gelman and Jennifer Craig shortlisted for 2018 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour". CBC Books, May 2, 2018.
  6. ^ YOU'VE BEEN VOLUNTEERED by Laurie Gelman | Kirkus Reviews.
  7. ^ Minuk, Susan (January 10, 2018). "The Hilarious Trials of the Class Mom; A Novel About a Peppy Parent". The Canadian Jewish News.
  8. ^ Winn, Kate. "Laurie Gelman: My Exclusive Momterview". This Mom Loves. I really wanted us to have a united front, which to me meant taking his name, and agreeing on how to raise the kids. We agreed they should be Jewish, so I made the jump. I think it gives them a strong sense of family when we’re all united this way. It plays the biggest role around the holidays, but the Jewish faith is rooted in cultural things; it’s not just a religion, so you live the Jewish life every day, even if you only go to Synagogue on holidays

External linksEdit