Writers / Editors

Magazine Editors


Ruth Conniff

Ruth Conniff is the editor of The Progressive Magazine. A Madison native, she came to work at the magazine under Erwin Knoll in 1992, opened The Progressive’s Washington, DC, office in 1997, and took over the editorship from Matthew Rothschild in 2013. Conniff has done award-winning reporting on state and national politics, social policy, and women’s sports. She appears frequently on many radio and television programs, and is a regular on the Ed Show on MSNBC.







Amitabh Pal 

Amitabh Pal is managing editor of The Progressive and the editor of the Progressive Media Project. He has interviewed the Dalai Lama, Mikhail Gorbachev, Jimmy Carter, and Joseph Stiglitz for the magazine. His op-eds have been published in newspapers such as the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Toronto Star, the Miami Herald, and the Houston Chronicle. He is the author of 'Islam Means Peace': Understanding the Muslim Principle of Nonviolence Today (Praeger).







Bill Lueders 

Bill Lueders is associate editor of The Progressive and author of An Enemy of the State, the biography of late Progressive editor Erwin Knoll. Lueders was news editor at Isthmus, Madison’s alternative weekly, for twenty-five years, and has  won dozens of state and national awards. In 2011 he moved to the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, where he became one of Wisconsin’s leading investigative reporters, regularly breaking big stories and writing a weekly column that ran in newspapers all over the state. In 2015 he joined the staff of The Progressive.



Magazine Columnists


Will Durst 

Will Durst is an award-winning, nationally acclaimed political comic. Visit willdurst.com for information about BoomeRaging: From LSD to OMG, the documentary film 3 Still Standing, and future personal appearances.







Kate Clinton 

Kate Clinton is a humorist who writes every other month for The Progressive. Check out her weekly Vlog.







Jim Hightower

Jim Hightower produces The Hightower Lowdown newsletter and is the author, with Susan DeMarco, of Swim Against the Current: Even a Dead Fish Can Go With the Flow.



Dave Zirin 

Dave Zirin is the host of Sirius XM Radio’s popular weekly show Edge of Sports Radio and the sports editor for The Nation. His latest book is Brazil’s Dance With the Devil.




Online Columnists


Mark Fiore 

Mark Fiore is a Pulitzer-Prize-winning cartoonist based in San Francisco, where his work has been featured on the San Francisco Chronicle’s web site, SFGate.com, for over ten years. His work has also appeared on Newsweek.com, Slate.com, CBSNews.com, MotherJones.com and NPR’s web site. Fiore’s political animation has been featured on CNN, Frontline, BillMoyers.com, Salon.com and cable and broadcast outlets across the globe.





Rebecca Kemble 

Rebecca Kemble is a writer and state news reporter for The Progressive. She is also the president of the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives and the president of CICOPA North America. She is a member of Union Cab Cooperative and is a founding member, writer, and editor in the Wisconsin Citizens Media Cooperative.


Jud Lounsbury

Jud Lounsbury is a political reporter based in Madison, Wisconsin. Previously, Lounsbury served as a press secretary for several politicians and organizations, including Russ Feingold, Tom Harkin, and Al Gore's Iowa campaign.


Moustafa Bayoumi

Moustafa Bayoumi, a professor of English at Brooklyn College, is author of This Muslim American Life: Dispatches from the War on Terror, forthcoming from NYU Press.


Mike Ervin

Mike Ervin is a Chicago-based writer and a disability-rights activist with ADAPT; he blogs at Smart Ass Cripple. He can be reached at pmproj@progressive.org.


David A. Love

David A. Love is a freelance writer and human rights advocate based in Philadelphia.


Clarence Lusane

Clarence Lusane is a professor of political science and international relations at American University and the author of several books, including The Black History of the White House (City Lights Books).


Fred McKissack Jr.

Fred McKissack Jr. is a writer, editor, and longtime contributor to the Progressive Media Project. He currently resides in Fort Wayne, Indiana.


Ed Morales

Ed Morales is a contributor to The Nation and Rolling Stone and a contributing editor at NACLA Report on the Americas. He teaches at Columbia University’s Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race and is the author of Living in Spanglish.


Angie Trudell Vasquez

Angie Trudell Vasquez is a Milwaukee-based poet and activist.




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Trump's politics are not the problem.

By Wendell Berry

Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front

Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more 
of everything ready made. Be afraid 
to know your neighbors and to die.
And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery 
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card 
and shut away in a little drawer.
When they want you to buy something 
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know. 
So, friends, every day do something
that won’t compute. Love the Lord. 
Love the world. Work for nothing. 
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it. 
Denounce the government and embrace 
the flag. Hope to live in that free 
republic for which it stands. 
Give your approval to all you cannot
understand. Praise ignorance, for what man 
has not encountered he has not destroyed.
Ask the questions that have no answers. 
Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias.
Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.

Say that the leaves are harvested 
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.
Put your faith in the two inches of humus 
that will build under the trees
every thousand years.
Listen to carrion—put your ear
close, and hear the faint chattering
of the songs that are to come. 
Expect the end of the world. Laugh. 
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts. 
So long as women do not go cheap 
for power, please women more than men.
Ask yourself: Will this satisfy 
a woman satisfied to bear a child?
Will this disturb the sleep 
of a woman near to giving birth? 
Go with your love to the fields.
Lie easy in the shade. Rest your head 
in her lap. Swear allegiance 
to what is nighest your thoughts.
As soon as the generals and the politicos 
can predict the motions of your mind, 
lose it. Leave it as a sign 
to mark the false trail, the way 
you didn’t go. Be like the fox 
who makes more tracks than necessary, 
some in the wrong direction.
Practice resurrection.

Wendell Berry is a poet, farmer, and environmentalist in Kentucky. This poem, first published in 1973, is reprinted by permission of the author and appears in his “New Collected Poems” (Counterpoint).

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