Ruth Conniff


A native of Madison, Wisconsin, Ruth joined the magazine as a summer intern working with the late Erwin Knoll and has been part of the team ever since. As Associate Editor for the Progressive, she opened The Progressive's Washington, D.C., office in 1997. She became a regular on TV pundit shows on CNN, Fox News, and PBS. She appears frequently on the Ed Schultz Show on MSNBC. Ruth received an "Editor's Choice" award from Madison Magazine for her coverage of the Wisconsin Uprising in 2011.


Michael Righi

Yes, Trump’s a racist. But his provincialism ought to worry us, too. more

Jan 19, 2018 5:23 PM Dispatches

Mexicans are less shocked at the possibility that their government does not have the people's best interests at heart. more

Dec 1, 2017 12:00 AM Magazine

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This Thanksgiving, we gringos could gain a lot from contemplating the very Mexican themes of beauty and even fun that can be found in the midst of struggle, pain, and even tragedy. more

Nov 24, 2017 10:00 AM Dispatches 1 Comments

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Ruth Conniff

Americans are inclined to believe in our blamelessness, that the world owes us a fresh start. We act as if death, decline and tragedy cannot happen to us. more

Nov 5, 2017 2:21 PM Dispatches 1 Comments


Mary Anne Fackelman

"What the government that we have the power. We don’t need the government to tell us what to do. We can organize ourselves.” more

Oct 5, 2017 8:14 AM Dispatches

I am off on a new adventure, having moved with my family to Oaxaca, Mexico, for the year. more

Oct 2, 2017 2:31 PM Magazine

In Mexico, everyone wanted to know more about why our country elected Trump. more

Oct 2, 2017 1:52 PM Magazine

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Trump called on the nations of the world to renew their patriotic fervor, as if recognizing the interdependency of the world’s peoples were the biggest problem we face. more

Sep 19, 2017 3:06 PM Dispatches


Annette Bernhardt

Putting nativism ahead of national interest. more

Sep 5, 2017 11:02 PM Dispatches 1 Comments

Citizen support for local public schools shows voters will reject the Republican slash-and-burn agenda. more

Aug 24, 2017 11:11 AM Dispatches

It’s the deliberate destruction of civility and civil society by Republicans—not only by colorful characters Trump and the Mooch, but also by low-key money man Reince Priebus. more

Jul 31, 2017 11:27 PM Dispatches

While we have been dedicated, for the most part, to covering on-the-ground activism since the election, we are turning our attention to the President in this issue to lay out a detailed argument for his removal. more

Jul 21, 2017 5:20 PM Magazine

“Without us, who’s going to work 365 days a year in the cold and the heat?” dairy worker Miguel Estrada asked. “We’re here to fight against hate and racism.” more

Jun 29, 2017 10:02 AM Dispatches

The constitutional law expert talks about his journey from being “vaguely liberal” to the center of resistance to the loss of our civil liberties. more

May 23, 2017 1:21 PM Magazine


Max Pixel

Democracy matters. Truth matters. And the attacks on democratic norms and institutions by this President, while they are coming at an exhausting pace that fosters cynicism and a feeling of helplessness, deserve a robust response. more

May 16, 2017 11:49 AM Dispatches

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Michael Vadon & Nick-D

Today, we face the same fundamental challenges to our democracy that we faced in 1973. The parallels are undeniable. more

May 10, 2017 12:15 PM Dispatches 1 Comments