Doug Moe

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Doug Moe writes an online column titled “Doug Moe’s Madison” for Madison Magazine.

In this column series, which started running January 2016, Moe writes about interesting people, places and things in Madison.

Moe is a former columnist for the Capital Times and the Wisconsin State Journal, and former editor of Madison Magazine.

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UW Radio alums snag a British legend

Retired Madison broadcast engineer recounts the unlikely story in a BBC radio interview listened to by six million-plus.

A new book, an old whiskey and the birth of a legend

Wright Thompson's latest, "Pappyland," sends Doug Moe on the hunt for a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle.

Monica White uncovers the history of farming by Black Americans

White became the first Black female tenured professor in both the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.

The West High grad who took the ‘The Lion King’ to Broadway

As a Disney executive, Peter Schneider helped reinvigorate the company.

After 42 years in the hotel biz, it’s check-out time for Scott Faulkner

His family owned the Edgewater, where many celebrities stayed.

On a motorcycle at 17,000 feet in the Himalayas

Alec Loftus seeks adventure as he travels overseas.

Plaza Tavern's pals come to the rescue

Owner grateful for $75,000 raised but still fears for Plaza's future if it can't reopen soon.

Catching up with civic stalwart Frank Alfano

Former Dane County facilities manager is organizing fellow retirees for local United Way projects.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Kit Saunders-Nordeen and justice for girls’ sports

UW-Madison’s first director of women’s athletics turns 80 today.

Madison is home to one of the world’s top virologists

Yoshihiro Kawaoka is studying COVID-19 at his posts at UW–Madison and the University of Tokyo.

Late boxer to be inducted into UW Athletic Hall of Fame

Doug Moe remembers (and apologizes to) Dick Bartman

Madison native subject of stirring memoir of life with Down syndrome

David Egan benefited as one of first preschoolers at UW-Madison's Waisman Center

West High grad directs a Middle East 'kidnapping thriller'

Cyrus Nowrasteh's film 'Infidel' opens nationally on Sept. 18

Meet Angela Trudell Vasquez, Madison’s poet laureate

Trudell Vasquez is the first Latina to be named to the position.

UW-Madison professor seizes a virtual teaching opportunity

Design studies professor Wei Dong turns home basement into a teaching studio.

Trivia contest lands Madison man in favorite author’s next novel

Jason Horowitz also wins chat with novelist David Mitchell

West High sign hopes to honor past, inspire future

Student Oakland Steingass is raising money for a new school sign.

Singer-songwriter Sam Ness on the road again

Sauk City native nominated for eight MAMA Awards.

The long run for Jill Karofsky

Jill Karofsky’s successful race for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court was the result of determination — hers and that of voters.

Saved by the Laurel Tavern’s fish fry

A decades-old tradition the author looks forward to all week.

From Waunakee, a Caribbean caper

Davin Goodwin sees publication of his first novel.

Wisconsin true crime documentary in the works

Doug Moe recalls covering 1979 murder case for Madison Magazine.

Jonathan Little, Madison’s music missionary

Longtime WISM figure now promoting Americana music

Roza Gilles transforms from teen model to CrossFit competitor

Roza Gilles can tell you the exact date her life changed.

Madison’s Isaac Scott is a photographer now

Current issue of The New Yorker features protest photos taken by West High School graduate.

A gripping first novel from Innocence Project’s Steven Wright

‘The Coyotes of Carthage’ draws on UW law professor’s experience.

A fond farewell to Bill and Bobbie Malone

The much admired authors and musicians are returning to their home state of Texas.

Cycling with America’s first black sports hero

Marshall “Major” Taylor become a champion despite facing prejudice.

The end of college boxing

Two authors talk after 60th anniversary of the last UW–Madison bout

Jason Hoke judges dog shows around the world while remaining a top-notch chef

Hoke has traveled to 29 counties to judge shows

‘Never stop singing’ says opera star Jeni Houser

Sheltering in Stoughton, she and husband/tenor David Blalock remain grateful for Madison Opera.

Madison man Evan Hill wins Pulitzer Prize

West High School graduate now works at the New York Times

Leo Burt, the Unabomber and me

As the 50th anniversary of the bombing of UW–Madison's Sterling Hall approaches, a man remains at large.

Soyeon Shim is a big picture entrepreneur at the School of Human Ecology

As dean of the School of Human Ecology, she's both a teacher and an entrepreneur.

Clara Colby’s crusade for women

Contemporary of Susan B. Anthony among first women to graduate from the University of Wisconsin

Walking with memories in the Arb

Doug Moe finds an abundance of turkeys, deer and inscriptions.

City Attorney Mike May's last day nears

Free spirit was a good fit for Madison

Michael Keiser helped create a golf course with Aldo Leopold in mind

Sand Valley was named the country’s best new course of that year by Golf Digest

Ben Sidran's 'love song' to a legendary producer

Musician writes Tommy LiPuma biography, hosts radio show

Podcast traces ink in Maraniss blood

Daughter draws stories out of Pulitzer Prize-winning father