Ruth Conniff

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Ruth Conniff is an American progressive journalist who serves as editor-in-chief of The Progressive.[1] In addition to The Progressive, Conniff has written for The Nation and the New York Times.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Conniff was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin. She attended Yale, where she received her B.A. in philosophy cum laude in 1990. She resides in the village of Maple Bluff, a suburb of Madison.[4]

According to the Capital Times article:

Conniff grew up in Madison, was a track star at East High School and was always aware of Maple Bluff's reputation as home to old money conservatives.... "At first I was a little embarrassed to tell my friends I was moving to Maple Bluff,' she admits. 'But in some ways, it seems a little less snooty than the PC west side."[4]


Previously the political editor of The Progressive, Coniff was named editor-in-chief in 2013. According to her byline at The Progressive: "Ruth Conniff covers national politics for The Progressive and is a voice of The Progressive on many TV and radio programs. Conniff was a regular on CNN’s Capital Gang Sunday and is now a regular on PBS’s To the Contrary.[5] She also has appeared frequently on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal and on NPR and Pacifica."


  1. ^ The Progressive Ruth Conniff
  2. ^ New York Times Conniff Review of Keller's Book
  3. ^ The Nation Ruth Conniff
  4. ^ a b Ivey, Mike (2009-05-06). "Bluff leans left political tides turn in Maple Bluff, once a Republican Stronghold". Wisconsin State Journal. Retrieved 13 June 2014.
  5. ^ PBS Ruth Conniff on To the Contrary