8 former covers of Madison Magazine

It’s the list of all local lists. For 40 years the Best of Madison annual readers’ poll has put the power in the people’s hands to decide what’s the best in town. Now you can hardly walk into any of the city’s business districts without seeing a Best of Madison award hanging inside at least a few shops.

“Everywhere I go, people have their Best of Madison plaques up. I’m stunned by it. I shouldn’t be, because I think it’s a big deal for small businesses,” says John Roach, who’s not far behind the poll in terms of years with the magazine, as he marks 30 years in 2021 as our back page columnist.

The Best of Madison Legacy Awards

The Edgewater (Courtesy of The Edgewater)


Gold Legacy Logo


Silver Legacy Logo


Bronze Legacy Logo

Senior Editor

Maggie Ginsberg is a senior editor at Madison Magazine. Her long-form features have garnered numerous honors since 2006 including from the National City Regional Magazine Association, the Milwaukee Press Club and the American Society of Journalist and Authors. In addition to helping edit the work of Madison Magazine's contributing writers, freelancers and essayists, she writes features and the monthly Looking Back historical photo department page. Online, Maggie conducts monthly author Q&As and covers the local literary scene with her Sunday Reads monthly e-newsletter. Her own debut novel, "Still True," was published by the University of Wisconsin Press in September 2022 and was the honorable mention selection for the 2022 Edna Ferber Fiction Book Award, as well as a 2023 Midwest Book Award honoree. 

You can also find her on Instagram.