Renowned Political Journalist Speaks at March 7 Writer’s Life Lecture Series


John Nichols, national correspondent for The Nation and associate editor of the Capital Times, will speak on, "Watchdogs: The Role of Political Commentary in Our Democracy," as part of the Writer's Life Lecture Series.

The event is 3-4 p.m. on March 7, 2024, in Room A2025 at Madison College's Truax Campus. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early, as seating is limited.

Nichols is a prominent figure in political journalism, known for his insightful commentary and in-depth analysis of American politics. He has covered a wide range of political issues, from grassroots movements to presidential campaigns, with a keen focus on social justice and progressive values. In addition, Nichols is the author and co-author of several acclaimed books, including “The Death and Life of American Journalism: The Media Revolution that Will Begin the World Again,” which is being studied this semester in the Madison College’s Media and Democracy class. 

Nichols’ work has earned him recognition and respect within the journalistic community and beyond. Nichols also is co-founder, with media scholar Robert McChesney and activist Josh Silver, of Free Press. The mission of the 21-year-old nonprofit, Free Press, includes, "saving net neutrality, achieving affordable internet access for all, uplifting the voices of people of color in the media, challenging old and new media gatekeepers to serve the public interest, ending unwarranted surveillance, defending press freedom and reimagining local journalism."

"Given our highly polarized political times and intense attention being paid to the upcoming Presidential election, we are honored to welcome John to Madison College for what promises to be an engaging and thought-provoking discussion on the importance of political commentary in democracy," said David Hansen, Madison College’s Journalism program director and co-chair of the Department of Communications and Performing Arts. "His extensive experience and expertise in the field make him a valuable voice in today's political landscape."

The Writer's Life Lecture Series provide students and the community access to influential writers and thinkers who have insights into the craft of writing and the role of literature in society. Nichols' presentation on the role of watchdogs in political commentary aligns perfectly with the series' mission of fostering critical thinking and civic engagement. 

For more information about the Writer's Life Lecture Series, contact Natasha Kassulke, moderator for the session at 608.219.8042 or