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John Nichols

National Affairs Correspondent

John Nichols, a pioneering political blogger, writes about politics for The Nation as its national-affairs correspondent. His posts have been circulated internationally, quoted in numerous books, and mentioned in debates on the floor of Congress.

Nichols is a contributing writer for The Progressive and In These Times and the associate editor of the Capital Times, the daily newspaper in Madison, Wisconsin. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and dozens of other newspapers.

Nichols is a frequent guest on radio and television programs as a commentator on politics and media issues. He was featured in Robert Greenwald’s documentary Outfoxed, and in Joan Sekler’s Unprecedented, Matt Kohn’s Call It Democracy, and Robert Pappas’s Orwell Rolls in His Grave. The keynote speaker at the 2004 Congress of the International Federation of Journalists in Athens, Nichols has been a featured presenter at conventions, conferences, and public forums on media issues sponsored by the Federal Communications Commission, the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Consumers International, the Future of Music Coalition, the AFL-CIO, the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, the Newspaper Guild [CWA], and dozens of other organizations.

Nichols is the author of Horsemen of the Trumpocalypse: A Field Guide to the Most Dangerous People in America, forthcoming from Nation Books this fall, as well as The Genius of Impeachment (New Press); a critically acclaimed analysis of the Florida recount fight of 2000, Jews for Buchanan (New Press); and a best-selling biography of former vice president Dick Cheney, Dick: The Man Who is President (New Press), which has recently been published in French and Arabic. He edited Against the Beast: A Documentary History of American Opposition to Empire (Nation Books), of which historian Howard Zinn said: “At exactly the time when we need it most, John Nichols gives us a special gift—a collection of writings, speeches, poems, and songs from throughout American history—that reminds us that our revulsion to war and empire has a long and noble tradition in this country.”

With Robert W. McChesney, Nichols has co-authored the books It’s the Media, Stupid! (Seven Stories), Our Media, Not Theirs (Seven Stories), Tragedy and Farce: How the American Media Sell Wars, Spin Elections, and Destroy Democracy (The New Press), The Death and Life of American Journalism (Nation Books), Uprising: How Wisconsin Renewed the Politics of Protest, from Madison to Wall Street (Nation Books), and their latest, People Get Ready: The Fight Against a Jobless Economy and a Citizenless Democracy (Nation Books, March 2016). McChesney and Nichols are the co-founders of Free Press, a media-reform network, which organized the 2003 and 2005 National Conferences on Media Reform.

Of Nichols, author Gore Vidal says: “Of all the giant slayers now afoot in the great American desert, John Nichols’s sword is the sharpest.” (Photo by Robin Holland / Bill Moyers Journal)


  • October 26, 2000


  • Politics August 10, 2000

    The Beat

    CENTERING GORE "They chose to close ranks instead of opening up dialogue," California State Senator Tom Hayden said after the Democratic Platform Comm

    John Nichols

  • Politics July 27, 2000

    The Beat

    UNWELCOMING THE REPUBLICANS "It's surprising that the Republicans are coming to Philadelphia, really surprising.

    John Nichols

  • Politics June 29, 2000

    The Beat

    NURSES HEALTHCARE Rx "When corporations took over healthcare, nurses had to make a choice between the bottom line and the patients.

    John Nichols

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  • Politics June 8, 2000

    The Beat

    ELECTION BEAT California State Senator Hilda Solis has become the first woman to receive a John Fitzgerald Kennedy Profile in Courage Award from the J

    John Nichols

  • Politics May 18, 2000

    The Beat

    UNFAIR HARVARD When Harvard employees rallied for a $10.25-an-hour minimum wage in early May, backers packed the Yard.

    John Nichols

  • Politics April 27, 2000

    The Beat

    County Fairs and Fairness Vermont's passage of "civil union" legislation, which provides gay and lesbian couples most rights and protections aff

    John Nichols

  • Politics April 5, 2000

    The Beat

    From Seattle to Washington After last fall's anti-WTO protests rocked Seattle and the world, activists asked, "What next?" The answer is a week of teach-ins, lobbying, ma

    John Nichols

  • Politics March 16, 2000

    The Beat

    POLLEY-TICS: "If you're not interested in hockey or politics don't bother reading this," begins the latest missive from Canadian-born actress John Nichols