Laurie Gelman, née Hibberd (born April 4, 1964) is a Canadian television personality and writer, originally from Ottawa, Ontario. In 2007 she worked on two Canadian-based talk shows, The Mom Show and Doctor in the House.
April 4, 1964
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. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, she served as a host on YTV for YTV Rocks and Rock'n'Talk. 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. and the CBS Early Show.
She published the humorous novel Class Mom in 2017. The book was a shortlisted finalist for the 2018 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour, and won the Vine Award for Canadian Jewish Literature. It was followed by a sequel, You've Been Volunteered, in 2019.
- "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.
- "Canadian reality shows fill winter lineup on Slice TV network". Prince George Citizen, November 24, 2007.
- "Laurie Gelman: ‘For goodness sake, don’t log on to the WiFi!’". The Globe and Mail, August 4, 2017.
- "Laurie Gelman got fired from being a 'class mom' — and the experience inspired her new comic novel". CBC Books, November 13, 2017.
- "Scaachi Koul, Laurie Gelman and Jennifer Craig shortlisted for 2018 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour". CBC Books, May 2, 2018.
- YOU'VE BEEN VOLUNTEERED by Laurie Gelman | Kirkus Reviews.
- Minuk, Susan (January 10, 2018). "The Hilarious Trials of the Class Mom; A Novel About a Peppy Parent". The Canadian Jewish News.
- 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