Isthmus (newspaper)

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Isthmus January 1 2010.jpg
Type Alternative weekly
Format Tabloid
Owner(s) Isthmus Publishing Company, Inc.
Publisher Vincent O'Hearn
Editor Dean Robbins
Founded 1976
Headquarters 101 King Street, Madison, Wisconsin 53703, United States
Circulation 61,000[1]
Official website

Isthmus is an alternative weekly newspaper in Madison, Wisconsin(US). It was founded in 1976, and has built a reputation for authoritative writing on news, arts and features.[citation needed] The paper prints more than 60,000[2] copies each Thursday, reaching an estimated 40% of all adults in Dane County, which includes Madison and several dozen other communities.[3] It also runs, a local website.

The paper was founded by Vincent P. O’Hern and Fred Milverstedt. Milverstedt, a Madison journalist, left the paper after serving as editor for the first three years. O'Hern, a Madison transplant originally from Detroit, remains the paper's publisher. Isthmus' somewhat ominous motto is "To the death." The paper gets its name from the land mass that forms the heart of Madison’s downtown and houses the twin engines of the city’s economy, the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the Wisconsin State Capitol.

Isthmus belongs to the national Association of Alternative Newsweeklies.[4]

The paper carries investigative and in-depth articles, as well as incisive coverage of the arts and features stories on trends and culture. It has won numerous awards for journalistic excellence over the years, including more than three dozen first-place awards from the Milwaukee Press Club and two Golden Quills,[5] the top honor from the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors.[6] Two former interns – Anthony Shadid and Abigail Goldman[7] – have gone on to win Pulitzer Prizes.

Isthmus employs about three dozen full-time staff members. Longtime staffers include editor Dean Robbins, associate editor Michana Buchman, news editor Judy Davidoff, creative director Ellen Meany, associate publisher Linda Baldwin, administrative director Kathy Bailey and online editor Jason Joyce. In June 2011, news editor Bill Lueders left the paper after 25 years to work for the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism.[8]

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  1. ^ "Isthmus". Association of Alternative Newsweeklies. Retrieved 2013-10-27. 
  2. ^ Taitl. "Verified Audit Circulation". Retrieved 2013-10-27. 
  3. ^ "Isthmus |". Retrieved 2013-10-27. 
  4. ^ "". Retrieved 2013-10-27. 
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ [2][dead link]
  7. ^ "Abigail Goldman Biography". Retrieved 2013-10-27. 
  8. ^ [3][dead link]

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