Ruth Conniff

Ruth Conniff is the Editor of the Progressive Magazine. A native of Madison, WIsconsin, she first joined the magazine when she was hired as a summer intern by the late Erwin Knoll after her sophomore year at Yale. Shortly after graduating from college in 1990, she came to work as Associate Editor for the Progressive, becoming Washington Editor and opening the Progressive's Washington, DC, office in 1997. During the 1990s, Conniff covered welfare reform in Wisconsin and around the country, as well as the drug war in Colombia, and other topics, including women's sports (an avid runner, Conniff coached her old high school track and cross-country teams at Madison East High School for many years).
In Washington, Conniff became a regular on TV pundit shows on CNN, Fox News, and PBS. She still appears frequently on PBS's To The Contrary and on the Ed Schultz Show on MSNBC.
Conniff was the recipient of an "Editor's Choice" award from Madison Magazine for her coverage of the Wisconsin Uprising in 2011. Her Progressive Magazine feature story on school privatization is a chapter in the book "It Happened in Wisconsin" recently published by Verso.
Today Conniff lives in Madison with her husband and three daughters, who marched on the Capitol with their teachers from the Madison Public Schools.
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Day Care Debate Misses the Point

Day Care Debate Misses the Point
By Ruth Conniff, March 28, 2007

Instead of focusing on the rather modest results of a study that shows the difference between kids in child care and those not in it, the media would do well to focus on the extreme scarcity of quality care, and what a huge difference there is between the good and bad places for parents to leave their children.

Bush's "Mean Girls" Government

Bush's "Mean Girls" Government
By Ruth Conniff, March 13, 2007

Like the sorority sisters at Delta Zeta, White House officials Karl Rove, Harriet Miers, Alberto Gonzales, and President Bush looked around at the nation's U.S. attorneys’ offices, and didn't like what they saw: Too many embarrassing investigations of corrupt Republican lawmakers, and not enough Administration cheerleading.

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Democratic Frontrunners' Duel of 'Firsts'

Democratic Frontrunners' Duel of 'Firsts'
By Ruth Conniff, February 20, 2007

As the candidates raise hundreds of thousands of dollars in Hollywood (Obama) and lock up the most veteran political advisers and ad men (Clinton) we ought to realize we are kidding ourselves, a little bit, when we imagine that the new-kid-on-the-block candidates represent real, radical change.

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