Michel: A year of eye-opening experiences

It's amazing to look back on the last 12 issues
Michel: A year of eye-opening experiences

A year ago this month, I became editor of this magazine. It’s amazing when I look back on the last 12 issues and consider what they represent on a personal level. They make me realize that I’m fortunate to work with a strong team, but also that I’ve had a rare chance to see the city through a new lens.

When I was covering Wisconsin politics a decade ago, I worked in Madison but didn’t experience the city the way I have this past year. I’ve gotten a taste of the arts and food scenes–both dynamic in their depth and variety–and insights into them through our editors and contributors who are authorities in these areas.

I’ve met individuals who are making a difference in the community. I wrote about some of them in the November issue as part of the M List–the magazine’s who’s-who list of local innovators. It’s great to be part of an organization that recognizes creative trailblazers through the M List, as well as industry leaders through the Best of Madison Business awards. And through Neil Heinen’s piece in January on “the new face of Madison leadership,” I learned about the generational shift taking place and what it could mean for us.

I’ve also met key people who represent a cross-section of the community and heard some of their most pressing concerns. Whether examining homelessness or the public school system or exploring the startup community, the stories we’ve tackled in the last year have allowed our readers an in-depth look at issues that shape the lives of Madisonians. To me, they reveal so much about who we are as a community.
In a way, this month’s cover story about “hidden Madison” is a metaphor for what this past year as editor has been for me. The magazine has allowed me to find gems in my own backyard. It has also opened my eyes to the struggles and triumphs of some of our neighbors and community leaders. It keeps showing me new ways to view my world.

As I look back on this first year, I realize it has been a gift. I want to share that gift by continuing to bring a fresh outlook each month in the pages of Madison Magazine.