Digby is the pseudonym of liberal political blogger Heather Parton (known also as Heather Digby Parton) from Santa Monica, California who founded the blog Hullabaloo. She has been called one of the "leading and most admired commentators" of the progressive blogosphere.[dubious ]
Digby began as a commenter on the blogs of Bartcop and Atrios and launched her own blog on January 1, 2003, calling it Hullabaloo "because one function of blogs is to cause a ruckus" and decorating it with a picture of a screaming Howard Beale from the film Network. She has been joined by other bloggers on Hullabaloo, including composer Richard Einhorn, who blogs under the name "Tristero".
Digby was a Navy brat who graduated from Lathrop High School in Fairbanks, Alaska. She studied theater at San Jose State University (then known as San Jose State College) and worked on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System and for a number of film companies, including Island Pictures, Polygram, and Artisan Entertainment.
She won the 2005 Koufax award for blog writing and accepted the Paul Wellstone Award on behalf of the progressive blogosphere from the Campaign for America's Future at their "Take Back America" conference. Digby had initially kept her identity secret and it was widely assumed that Digby was male until she made an appearance at the 2007 CAF conference to accept the award. Digby has since written regularly at Salon as Heather Digby Parton. She also won the 2014 Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism.
- "Heather Digby Parton". Salon. Retrieved 2014-04-16.
- Greenwald, Glenn (June 20, 2007). "Fringe liberal bloggers". Salon.com. Retrieved November 11, 2010.
- Boehlert, Eric (2009). Bloggers on the Bus: How the Internet Changed Politics and the Press. New York: Free Press (publisher). ISBN 978-1-4165-6010-4.[page needed]
- Kornbluth, Jesse (October 5, 2008). "The Gadfly: What Digby Says: The darling of the progressive blogosphere is still yelling at the TV". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 11, 2010.
- Walsh, Joan (June 20, 2007). "The hullabaloo over Digby". Salon.com. Retrieved May 31, 2010.
- "2014 Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism". Retrieved April 24, 2014.