Neil Heinen

Neil Heinen

Neil Heinen
Editorial Director

I have been the Editorial Director for Madison Magazine since 2004. I was the senior political writer for the magazine for three years, and also the co-author, along with my wife Nancy, of the monthly column Genuine Articles. I am also the Editorial Director for WISC, the CBS affiliate in Madison, WI. I started with the station as News Assignment Manager in 1987. Prior to that I worked as a reporter, anchor and assistant News Director for WIBA AM and FM in Madison.

I have served on the Board of Directors of the National Conference of Editorial Writers including serving as president in 2007. I am a member of the clinical faculty of the Kettering Foundation, a member of the adjunct faculty of Edgewood College, and I am also a member of the board of We The People Wisconsin.

I have won numerous professional and community awards including the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Humanitarian Award, Robert H. Wills Freedom of Information Award and the National Association for Community Leadership Distinguished Leadership Award. I was born in Milwaukee in 1951, the oldest of eleven children, and a graduate of Marquette University High School in Milwaukee and the University of Wisconsin.

I love music and playing the guitar (poorly), and I'm in my 30th year playing first base for a not-very-good softball team. I live in Madison with my wife Nancy, and our dog Baguette. Nancy and I enjoy traveling, hiking, good food and wine, and Badger basketball.


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