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Meet the Editors

[This section is in the process of being updated in light of the merger between The Progressive and the Center for Media and Democracy.]

Ruth Conniff, Editor



Ruth Conniff covers national politics for The Progressive and is a voice of The Progressive on many TV and radio programs. Conniff was a regular on CNN's Sunday Capital Gang and is now a regular on MSNBC's The Ed Show and PBS's To the Contrary. She also has appeared frequently on C-SPAN's Washington Journal and on NPR and Pacifica. Conniff's op-ed commentaries have appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times. She also contributes regularly to Isthmus, Madison's weekly newspaper. Conniff became The Progressive's Associate Editor in 1991, and Managing Editor in January 1997. In recent years, she has interviewed William Greider, Rep. Marcy Kaptur, and Elizabeth Warren. Follow her on Twitter @rconniff.


Matt Rothschild, Senior Editor

Matthew Rothschild is the senior editor of The Progressive magazine, which is one of the leading voices for peace and social justice in this country. Rothschild has appeared on Nightline, C-SPAN, The O'Reilly Factor, and NPR, and his newspaper commentaries have run in the Chicago Tribune, the L.A. Times, the Miami Herald, and a host of other newspapers. Rothschild is also the author of a book entitled You Have No Rights: Stories of America in Our Repressive Age (New Press, 2007). A graduate of Harvard University, Rothschild prior to coming to The Progressive worked as the editor of Multinational Monitor, a magazine founded by Ralph Nader. Rothschild came to The Progressive in 1983, and has worked for the magazine in many different capacities, first as associate editor, then managing editor, then publisher, and since 1994 as editor. Rothschild brought on distinguished social critics as columnists, including Barbara Ehrenreich, Eduardo Galeano, and Howard Zinn. He added monthly original poetry from the likes of Martín Espada and Adrienne Rich, and he added the humorists Kate Clinton and Will Durst. On the magazine's website, Rothschild contributes several times a week with his "This Just In" commentaries. And he keeps a running tally of civil liberties infringements in his "McCarthyism Watch." Rothschild writes monthly in The Progressive. He has interviewed Senator Russ Feingold, singer Ani DiFranco, Robert Redford, and the journalist Robert Fisk. He also hosts Progressive Radio, a syndicated weekly half-hour program, and he does radio commentaries Monday through Friday. Rothschild is also the co-founder and director of The Progressive Media Project, which since 1993 has been distributing opinion pieces to newspapers around the country in an effort to diversify and democratize the national debate. In 2007, Rothschild published his first book, You Have No Rights: Stories of America in an Age of Repression (The New Press). In 2009, he edited Democracy in Print: The Best of The Progressive, 1909-2009 (Univ. of Wisconsin Press). Follow him on Twitter @mattrothschild.


Amitabh Pal, Managing Editor

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Amitabh Pal is the Managing Editor of The Progressive. He writes on a variety of subjects, ranging from peace issues and economics to immigrant communities and the media. He is the author of “ ‘Islam’ Means Peace: Understanding the Muslim Principle of Nonviolence Today” (Praeger, 2011).

Pal has interviewed for The Progressive such personalities as the Dalai Lama, Mikhail Gorbachev, Jimmy Carter, Joseph Stiglitz, 2011 Nobel Peace Prize-winners Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkol Karman, 2004 Nobel Peace laureate Wangari Maathai, 2003 Nobel Peace Prize-winner Shirin Ebadi, Nobel laureate Mairead Maguire, former German Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor Joschka Fischer, economist John Kenneth Galbraith, musician A.R. Rahman, writer Mohsin Hamid, activist Randall Robinson, and Gene Sharp, perhaps the most influential proponent of nonviolent action alive.

In addition to his role as the Managing Editor, Pal is the co-editor of the Progressive Media Project, an affiliate of The Progressive that sends out op-eds through the McClatchy wire service to hundreds of newspapers in the United States and other countries. Pal’s op-eds have been published by dozens of newspapers, including the Philadelphia Inquirer, Houston Chronicle, Miami Herald, and the Toronto Star.

Pal has appeared on C-SPAN and BBC and television and radio stations all over the United States and abroad. His articles have been published in school and college textbooks in the United States and Australia.

Pal teaches a course on media and social ethics at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin. He has a Master’s in Journalism from the University of North Carolina and a Master’s in Political Science from North Carolina State University. Follow him on Twitter @amitpal.



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