The Progressive Magazine

A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good! 

Since 1909, The Progressive has aimed to amplify voices of dissent and voices under-represented in the mainstream, with a goal of championing grassroots progressive politics. Our bedrock values are nonviolence and freedom of speech.

Based in Madison, Wisconsin, we cover national politics including U.S. foreign policy; we also focus on issues of particular importance to the heartland. Two flagship projects of The Progressive include Public School Shakedown and The Progressive Media Project. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. 

StaffThe Progressive covers

  • Publisher - Norman Stockwell
  • Development Director- Daniel K. Libby
  • Managing Editor - Bill Lueders
  • Website Editor - Mrill Ingram
  • Associate Editor - Alexandra Tempus
  • Editor-at-Large - Ruth Conniff
  • Circulation Director - Maribeth Batcha
  • Art Director - Kerstin Vogdes Diehn
  • Controller - Carolyn Eschmeyer
  • Office Manager - Jess Pernsteiner
  • Poetry Editor - Jules Gibbs
  • Proofreaders Extraordinaires - Diana Cook & Catherine Cronin
  • Publishing Intern - Claire VanValkenburg
  • Editorial Intern - Olivia Herken
  • Public School Shakedown Intern - Alice Herman

Meet The Progressive's Board of Directors

Our story

On January 9, 1909, Senator Robert M. La Follette Sr. of Wisconsin founded this publication to be a magazine of progress.

Fighting Bob’s goal for the magazine (originally titled La Follette’s Weekly) was “winning back for the people the complete power over government —national, state, and municipal—which has been lost to them.” He attacked private greed in the form of corporate monopolies that hoarded power. He championed the public interest, campaigning for social and economic justice. And he urged the United States not to entangle itself in foreign wars. That founding mission continues to serve us well today. 

Editorial staff for The Progressive

Madison editorial staff (l to r) Mrill Ingram, Alexandra Tempus, Bill Lueders, Norman Stockwell, Fighting Bob La Follette.

We’d love to hear from you!

Email: Phone: (608) 257-4626. We are located at 30 W. Mifflin Street, Suite 703. Madison, WI 53703

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