John Nichols (journalist)

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John Nichols
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John Nichols (2015)
Born John Harrison Nichols[1]
(1959-02-03) February 3, 1959 (age 57)
Alma mater University of Wisconsin–Parkside
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Occupation Journalist
Awards Clarion Award[2]

John Harrison Nichols (born February 3, 1959) is a progressive American journalist and author. He is Washington correspondent for The Nation and associate editor of The Capital Times. Books authored or co-authored by Nichols include The Genius of Impeachment and The Death and Life of American Journalism.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Nichols grew up in Union Grove, Wisconsin.[4] He lives in Madison, Wisconsin with his wife Mary Bottari, who is the deputy director of the Center for Media and Democracy.[5]


Nichols holds a master's degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin–Parkside.[1] He used to be the national correspondent for newspapers in Toledo and Pittsburgh. He lives in Madison and works as an editor for The Capital Times.[6] Nichols is Washington correspondent for The Nation and writes "The Beat" blog for the magazine.[7] He is a regular contributor to In These Times and The Progressive. He appears in the documentary films Outfoxed, Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election, Orwell Rolls in His Grave, and Call It Democracy. Nichols is co-founder, with Bob McChesney and Josh Silver, of Free Press.[3]

Nichols is a regular radio and TV guest of many liberal and progressive talk shows, including The Ed Show with Ed Schultz on MSNBC, Up with Chris Hayes on MSNBC, The Drive Home with Sly on The Big Oldies WEKZ 93.7 (Monroe, WI), Thom Hartmann, and Jon Wiener on KPFK in Los Angeles.



  • 2013. John Nichols & Robert W. McChesney, "Dollarocracy: How the Money-and-Media-Election Complex is Destroying America." New York: Nation Books.
  • 2012. Uprising: How Wisconsin Renewed the Politics of Protest, from Madison to Wall Street
  • 2011. The "S" Word: A Short History of an American Tradition...Socialism.
  • 2010. Robert W. McChesney and John Nichols. The Death and Life of American Journalism: The Media Revolution that Will Begin the World Again. Nation Books.
  • 2006. John Nichols (Author), Robert W. McChesney (Author), Tom Tomorrow (Illustrator), Tim Robbins (Foreword). Tragedy & Farce: How the American Media Sell Wars, Spin Elections and Destroy Democracy.
  • 2006. The Genius of Impeachment: The Founders' Cure for Royalism.
  • 2005. The Rise and Rise of Richard B. Cheney: Unlocking the Mysteries of the Most Powerful Vice President in American History.
  • 2004. Dick: The Man Who Is President.
  • 2002 (with Robert W. McChesney). Our Media, Not Theirs: The Democratic Struggle Against Corporate Media.
  • 2001 John Nichols and David Deschamps. Jews for Buchanan: Did You Hear the One About the Theft of the American Presidency?.
  • 2000 (with Robert W. McChesney, et al.). It's the Media, Stupid!



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