Neil Heinen

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.

Heinen: Stop playing me for a fool

Election season means emails inundate Heinen

Stop with all the emails, please. Talk about abusive political propaganda: I am inundated with it. And very likely you are, too.

Heinen: A 40-year lens of Madison

Magazine and city have changed in past 40 years

I moved to Madison in 1974, but I started my first job as a journalist, my career, in 1978, the year this publication became Madison Magazine.

Heinen: Support the work of citizens

The important challenge in America today.

I need to point out a critical motivational component of this editorial focus on the work of citizens, and that’s bridging the divides in our community, our state, our nation and our world.

Heinen: A less-cluttered mind to celebrate Madison

Madison is becoming a 'wonderful to all' city

In my now less-cluttered mind, these experiences demonstrate that Madison—mindful of its disparities—is becoming a “wonderful to all” city, I feel lucky to live here.

Heinen: Madison Community Foundation leaves a lasting legacy

The truth to MCF's new web name, Madison Gives

When I first heard the Madison Community Foundation was changing its web address—and to a degree, its identity—to Madison Gives, I was a little disarmed by its simplicity. But that’s its beauty isn’t it? Madison gives. Why not just say it?

Heinen: Stretching a little for long-term changes

Dave Baskerville advocates for 'Stretch Targets'

Dave Baskerville wants Wisconsin citizens to adopt two bipartisan, aggressive long-term goals—Stretch Targets—to address this situation, and to “grassroots pressure” leaders to act accordingly.

Heinen: The Read Up! Madison project

Tackle local illiteracy with summer reading plans

I find literacy to be an important issue. More than 20 years of work on behalf of the Schools of Hope project has convinced me how essential it is to be reading at a fourth-grade level by fourth grade. But I’ve only recently considered the extraordinary challenges of adult illiteracy and dyslexia.

Heinen: Helping people see clearly

300,000 people have had their sight restored

Three hundred thousand men, women and children who could not see have had their sight restored and their lives transformed for 25 bucks.

Heinen: Eyes wide open

How to create the new version of urban Madison?

The race to equity report changed my thinking about cities. It was a slap in the face—a disconcerting reality check—that I should have seen coming long before I did.

Heinen: UW–Madison's new welcome mat

One Alumni Place is a home for alumni on campus

Now there is One Alumni Place, the home of the Wisconsin Alumni Association and the newly-opened Alumni Park.

Heinen: Thinking big in 2018

2017 helped ignite a fire in Heinen

It took a year like 2017 to once again ignite a little fire in me to embrace big ideas for Madison for 2018—embrace them and promote them, advocate for them and try to marshal the civic will to accomplish them.

Heinen: Jazz's game

Take a look at Neil Heinen's Jazz playlist

For a Christmas present almost 10 years ago former Managing Editor Katie Vaughn asked the incomparable bassist Richard Davis, to recommend a list of “favorite songs to share with Neil Heinen.”

Heinen: Imagining Madison's future

Madisonians' input impacts city's future

A new approach to the once-every-10-years updating of the city’s comprehensive plan, Imagine Madison’s goal is to gather the opinions of each and every Madisonian which will be used in planning the Madison of tomorrow—and beyond.

Heinen: Modern discomforts

I do not like camping. I don't hate it, exactly.

There are two kinds of people in this world: those who like camping and those who do not like camping. I do not like camping.

Heinen: Madison Reunion is a party with a purpose

The three-day event will be June 14-16

The three-day event is taking place at the Memorial Union with all the atmosphere and amenities offered by the Union in the summer. There’ll be music, art, the breaking of bread and the sharing of what one might choose to share in the spirit of the event’s origins.

Heinen: Comparing notes

Heinen visited D.C. with Wisconsin broadcasters

I was in D.C. with a group of broadcasters from Wisconsin for an annual visit to meet with members of our congressional delegation to talk about industry issues.

Heinen: My year in music and poetry

Here's the added beauty Heinen found in 2016

I blame it on deadlines. Every writer has a love/hate relationship with deadlines. A friend gave me a small magnet that hangs on my door reading “I love deadlines. I love the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.” Without them, I wouldn’t get as much done. But they can also be a pain in the neck. Normally I spend a little time at the end of the year thinking about the music and poetry I discovered that gave me pleasure, made me think and got me through the year, and then I write about it...

Heinen: Time for one-year check-in

‘New face of leadership' has like-minded approach

OK, Jen, Zach, Shiva, Mo, Renee, Karen, Scott, Rachel, Aaron, Nia and Bob: It's been a year since you were introduced as the "New Face of Madison Leadership" on the cover of this magazine. How's it working out for you so far? No pressure.

Time to show support amid the political chaos

Elected officials need to talk to each other

Boy, I’ve got a lot on my mind. I know, I know: don’t we all? Well, we all do. The challenge is to make some sense of it all and keep it from being a depressant.