Neil Heinen

Heinen: Stress unrelieved

When George Floyd was killed, the word “stress” took on new significance.

COVID-19 opened our eyes to stresses too long obscured by a distracted society.

Heinen: Madison media, we’re in this together

Local news gathering is a responsibility and a privilege and those of us who do it take it seriously.

Local news gathering is a responsibility and a privilege and those of us who do it take it seriously.

Heinen: Education is a shared concern

The change in our relationship to our civic institutions has been one of the most important issues.

The change in our relationship to our civic institutions has been one of the most important issues of the last 30 years and one of the biggest challenges we face as a civil society.

Heinen: A credit to our profession

To say finding a career in journalism saved my life sounds a tad dramatic.

To say finding a career in journalism saved my life sounds a tad dramatic.

How far we’ve come and still need to go in Madison

A lot of people who care about this city and region have been anticipating 2020 for what feels like a long time.

A lot of people who care about this city and region have been anticipating 2020 for what feels like a long time.

Heinen: The news stops for no one

Vacations are tricky in the news business

Vacations are tricky in the news business. News doesn’t take a vacation, so inevitably events occur while you’re gone causing you to regret not being able to respond until optimal timeliness has long passed.

Heinen: The power of words

Words have the ability to shape the world we live

I’ve long known that words have a uniquely powerful ability to shape how we view our lives and the world in which we live.

Heinen: An appreciation for Jen Cheatham

Cheatham is leaving Madison in August

My appreciation for Cheatham is similarly broad in scope, certainly much broader than the typical public perceptions portrayed in the media.

Heinen: In search of wisdom in our schools

I'm looking for wisdom and guidance

The recent incidents in our schools has further revealed the racism — both latent and blatant — in our society as a whole.

Madison is in the solution business

Localism is about problem solving

Localism is about problem solving, and cities are increasingly best situated to address the concerns we share as citizens.

Heinen: The kindness of strangers

I am writing this Nov. 7, a day after the election

I think sometimes that foreign travel provides those “kindness of strangers” experiences that make us appreciate the connection we have to one another in this world despite differences of language and culture.

Heinen: The power of art

"To all you one-hit wonders out there"

To all you one-hit wonders out there, I am in awe of your talent and your courage.

Heinen: It's more than just a game

Elements in athletics are profoundly troubling

There are elements of big time athletics, both college and pro, that are profoundly troubling and in jarring contrast to the simple joy of victory and agony of defeat.