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.

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Welcome to clearly divided America. It’s pink versus red. Us versus them. The good news is: There seem to be a lot more of us. more

Jan 22, 2017 11:42 AM Dispatches

Obama and Trump

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A thoughtful, optimistic, progressive speech about the better possibilities of American democracy just as the most fearsome elements in our society assert themselves. more

Jan 11, 2017 9:01 PM Dispatches

Outcry from local districts, and concerns raised about her conflicts of interest have helped push back hearings for the Secretary of Education nominee. more

Jan 10, 2017 4:29 PM Dispatches

November 9 was a dark day. But here are a few bright spots emerging in the days since. more

Dec 5, 2016 4:31 PM Magazine

Perhaps this terrible election will mark the beginning of a better, stronger, more focused progressive movement. more

Dec 3, 2016 3:36 PM Magazine 1 Comments

Trump’s choice for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, has spent a lifetime fighting to siphon public money into private schools. more

Nov 24, 2016 4:33 PM Dispatches 3 Comments

At a Q&A event at UW-Madison the group reminded listeners how quickly repression can happen. more

Nov 18, 2016 6:51 PM Dispatches

If we are to forge a more progressive future, it is essential that we know what we are up against. Power to the people. more

Nov 12, 2016 4:15 PM Magazine

Will we look back at corporate centrism with nostalgia? Or perhaps this terrible election will mark the beginning of a better, stronger, more focused progressive movement. more

Nov 9, 2016 8:06 PM Dispatches 3 Comments

The optimism and energy that drove Bernie Sanders’s primary campaign was not transferable to his Democratic rival. Little wonder. more

Nov 9, 2016 1:17 PM Dispatches 12 Comments

Downballot races and voter initiatives across the country could reshape our schools. more

Nov 8, 2016 2:40 PM Public School Shakedown

It will be good to put all this uncivil discourse behind us. more

Oct 20, 2016 1:49 PM Dispatches

There is hope for us yet. more

Oct 20, 2016 12:59 AM Dispatches

The recent speeches by Gloria Steinem and Michelle Obama get right to the heart of national politics. more

Oct 15, 2016 2:31 AM Dispatches 1 Comments

Trump had a lot to overcome, and he came out swinging. more

Oct 10, 2016 1:40 PM Dispatches

In the end it was a rout. more

Oct 5, 2016 1:50 PM Dispatches

Now the torch is passed. Long may it burn. more

Oct 1, 2016 9:09 PM Magazine

On the front lines against the U.S.'s cozy relationship with one of the worst governments in the world. more

Sep 30, 2016 3:14 PM Dispatches 4 Comments

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