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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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And she’s off: Doug Moe gets the backstory on the Madison ski jumper’s last-minute Olympics berth

Despite winning the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for ski jumping in December, Anna Hoffmann almost didn't make the Olympics cut and says female athletes still struggle for equality.

Farewell, Smoky’s Club

The cast of colorful characters topped even the steaks at Smoky's, which closes on Feb. 28 after 69 years.

Marisa Moseley hopes to help the UW–Madison women’s basketball program finally fulfill its potential

Turning the tide for UW–Madison women’s basketball may be Moseley’s most formidable task yet. The Badgers have had losing records for 10 consecutive seasons.

The untold story of people of color and public land preservation

James Edward Mills' forthcoming book, contracted by National Geographic, is the latest project for the prolific journalist, photographer and creator of 'The Joy Trip Project.'

Doug Moe’s Madison: A long road ends at ‘Nightmare Alley’

The new Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett movie is the final chapter in a story that winds through a 1940s novel, 1950s boxing at UW–Madison, WWII bombs, mobsters and a correspondence between writers.

Losing a legend: Celebrated Olympian and UW–Madison crew star Carie Graves dead at 68

Graves was the star of the first national championship won by a UW varsity women’s team; a two-time Olympian and five-time national rowing team member. She died Sunday.

Village Bar will reopen under new ownership

Doug Moe's Madison: The new owners are three longtime friends and regulars who hope to reopen the Village Bar — for the first time in more than 18 months — as early as Dec. 18.

Doug Moe’s Madison: The city’s ‘Grand Old Man of Music’ is back for an encore

Despite the pandemic and ongoing health challenges, Richard Wiegel is back playing live music and promoting The Midwesterner's new CD, 'Pecatonica Mud.'

Jason Fields’ second act success

After a few bleak years threatened his career and life, a happier and healthier Jason Fields marks one year as MadREP’s CEO.

Doug Moe’s Madison: Paul Soglin is still going to bat for Minnie Miñoso

The former mayor has been advocating for Miñoso's induction into Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame for decades. On Dec. 5, it could finally happen.

96-year-old Madison poet recalls magical day in Beijing

Chinese artist-activist Ai Weiwei’s new memoir, “1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows,” has drawn rapturous reviews. Lenore McComas Coberly reflects back on meeting the author's famous poet father.

Author Alex Bledsoe’s Southern roots influence every aspect of his storytelling

Alex Bledsoe is slated to soon release "Dandelion," the first book in four years from the prolific author of 13 other published novels and more than 50 short stories.

Late Madison flyer ‘Bud’ Truax is honored with forthcoming book

Eighty years after the U.S. Army Air Force lieutenant was killed in a WWII training exercise, a forthcoming book will introduce a new generation to the Madison native for which the Dane County Regional Airport's Truax Field was named.

Retired newspaperman George Hesselberg returns to meet one more deadline

The venerable local journalist has collected 66 of his favorite obituary writings in a new book called 'Dead Lines.'

Last night’s third place win marks local man’s astonishing fourth showing in the finals for The New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest

The contest gets between 5,000-10,000 entries per week. Mount Horeb's Paul Nesja won it last year and has been a finalist three times since.

Madison professor’s latest book provides harrowing account of Firestone’s 20th century exploitation in West Africa

Gregg Mitman will appear in person to discuss 'Empire of Rubber' at the Wisconsin Book Festival on Oct. 23.

Andy Moore turns out his Friday night lights

The Wisconsin Public Television veteran has produced Friday night news shows for 33 years. This week’s his last.

New University of Wisconsin Athletic Director Chris McIntosh picks up where his mentor left off

In July, McIntosh replaced the retiring Barry Alvarez as athletic director.

The real winner at Whistling Straits

The Ryder Cup Golf Course’s nearest neighbor, Robert “Ziggy” Ziegelbauer, anticipates a week of hard work and good fun ahead.

McFee on Main celebrates a shop anniversary and its proprietor’s successful cancer treatments

September marks the five-year anniversary for McFee on Main and Lynn McFee's one-year anniversary of being cancer-free.

Last call: After 40 years in Madison, musician ‘Robert J.’ heads east

With a U-Haul waiting at home, Robert J. Conaway will perform one last show at Christy's Landing on Labor Day.

Retired academic returns to music 40 years down the road

Author and UW–Madison retiree Timothy Walsh has released a new album with his band, 'Penelope's Thrill.'

Walking the reimagined Glenway with design associate Sara Mess

There aren't many women in golf course architecture but this Eagle School teacher is one of them.

Wisconsin woman executed by the Nazis is hardly ‘forgotten’

With a new book, the rest of the world is discovering what a Madison TV journalist unearthed a decade ago.

Fight against Huntington’s disease rolls on for Shana Verstegen

The champion log roller may have escaped the gene that caused her mother's death, but her advocacy continues with an event in August.

Dr. Kai Shiu is a friend to pets and vets

Veterinary oncologist Dr. Kai Shiu’s family expected him to be a physician like the rest of them, but his love for animals won out.

Saying ‘so long’ to the Avenue Bar

The East Washington institution will make way for the new Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras center, but it's not the first goodbye.

Four decades later, cross country coach passes a memorabilia baton

Former members of Coach Mark Parish's 1980 girls cross country championship team are encouraged to reach out.

British golf protege turned Wisconsin pro aims to make the sport more inclusive

As her life in golf progressed from touring professional to instructor and brought her to the States, Shapcott has worked to rid the sport of the male-dominated mindset.

A discarded recipe box and the famous Zapruder film

The recent death of a distinguished journalist connects both stories.

New Chicago exhibit honors late, great sci-fi author Ray Bradbury

Bradbury's career launched in southern Wisconsin thanks to another well-known writer and publisher.

Now in minimum security, notorious ‘hit man’ murderer Joseph Hecht has a parole review in July

The October 1983 murder of Carolyn Hudson "was one of the most cold-blooded in the annals of Dane County crime."

Hard-won battles for new UW Athletic Hall of Fame inductee

Tamara Flarup enjoyed a 40-year career in communications at UW Athletics and a front row seat for the rise of women's sports.

Why ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ rang a bell and helped launch a career

When he learned the popular Netflix series was based on a novel, Doug Moe suddenly remembered he'd reviewed it nearly 40 years ago.

Makela Humke is taking flight after becoming south-central Wisconsin’s first female Eagle Scout

Becoming an Eagle Scout was one of Humke's lifelong dreams.

Woman with stage 4 cancer swims toward a new goal for her 70th birthday

Mary Gooze has already helped raise more than $1.5 million for metastatic breast cancer research at the UW Carbone Cancer Center with her 'One Woman, Many Lakes' project.

Satya Rhodes-Conway stays the course

Challenges over the past 15 months — maybe greater than any others a Madison mayor has faced — have stalled progress on her ambitious list of goals for the community. But Rhodes-Conway, who fell in love with Madison “almost” at first sight, is no stranger to tough times.

Madison designer helps reinvigorate legendary golf clubhouse

ZEBRADOG's Mark Schmitz was tapped to modernize the historic Baltusrol Golf Club in New Jersey.

Golden anniversary approaches for the ultimate bar band

It's been nearly 50 years since Dr. Bop and the Headliners featuring The White Raven played its first gig at Nitty Gritty.

Joel DeSpain signs off and hits the road

Joel DeSpain’s career took him from TV journalist to law enforcement public information officer.