About Us

Our History

In 1976, author and historian James Weinstein founded In These Times with the mission to identify and clarify the struggles against corporate power now multiplying in American society.”

Weinstein (19262005) was joined in establishing this independent magazine of news, culture and opinion by noted intellectuals Daniel Ellsberg, E.P. Thompson, Noam Chomsky, Barbara Ehrenreich, Julian Bond and Herbert Marcuse, all of whom were among the original sponsors of the magazine (see full list of founding sponsors below). Thirty-four years later, those sponsors now number in the thousands – as a not-for-profit publication, In These Times, like all political magazines on both the left and the right, has survived with the help of readers who make donations above and beyond the cost of their subscriptions.

Four decades after its founding, In These Times remains committed to covering the controversial issues of our time. Through five presidential administrations, In These Times has adhered to the belief that to thrive, a progressive political movement needs its own media to inform, educate and orient itself.

A strong democracy depends on healthy debate, and In These Times is one of only a handful of independent media projects fighting to widen the terms of national discussion. In These Times has frequently scooped the mainstream media on stories ranging from the first coverage of global warming and extensive investigative reporting on the Iran Contra scandal in the 80s to early in-depth coverage of the genocide in the Sudan in 2004. Such reporting has earned In These Times more Project Censored awards than any other magazine.

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Our Mission

In These Times is an independent, nonprofit magazine dedicated to advancing democracy and economic justice, informing movements for a more humane world, and providing an accessible forum for debate about the policies that shape our future.

Editorial Independence Policy

In These Times is a reader-supported, independent nonprofit news organization. We subscribe to standards of editorial independence adopted by the Institute for Nonprofit News:

Our organization retains full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic and business interests of our organization. We maintain a firewall between news coverage decisions and sources of all revenue. Acceptance of financial support does not constitute implied or actual endorsement of donors or their products, services or opinions.

We accept gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals and organizations for the general support of our activities, but our news judgments are made independently and not on the basis of donor support.

Our organization may consider donations to support the coverage of particular topics, but our organization maintains editorial control of the coverage. We will cede no right of review or influence of editorial content, nor of unauthorized distribution of editorial content.

Donor Transparency

In These Times is committed to transparency in every aspect of funding our organization.

Accepting financial support does not mean we endorse donors or their products, services or opinions.

We accept gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals, organizations and foundations to help with our general operations, coverage of specific topics, and special projects. Our news judgments are made independently — not based on or influenced by donors. We do not give supporters the rights to assign, review or edit content.

In These Times will make public all donors who give a total of $500 or more per year as part of our annual report.


Joel Bleifuss

Editor & Publisher

Jessica Stites

Executive Editor

Amy Ganser

Associate Publisher

Lauren Kostoglanis

Development Director

Rachel K. Dooley

Creative Director

Sarah Lazare

Web Editor

Sherell Barbee

Associate Editor

Erin Donaghue

Investigative Editor

Nashwa Bawab

Assistant Editor

Hannah Faris

Wisconsin Editor

Hamilton Nolan

Labor Reporter

Alice Herman

Goodman Institute Fellow

Jamie Hendry

Development Coordinator

Caroline Reid

Publishing Assistant

Tyler He

Development Assistant

Matt Whitt

Design Assistant

Rebecca Sterner

Circulation Director

Copy Editor

Bob Miller


Sharon Bloyd-Peshkin, Amelia Diehl, Thomas Gaulkin, Rochelle Lodder, Lindsay Muscato

Senior Editors

Terry J. Allen, Patricia Aufderheide, Susan J. Douglas, David Moberg, Salim Muwakkil, David Sirota, Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007)

Contributing Writers

Kate Aronoff, Theo Anderson, Michael Atkinson, Frida Berrigan, Michelle Chen, Jude Ellison Sady Doyle, Pete Karman, Jane Miller, Shaun Richman, Cole Stangler, Slavoj Žižek

Contributing Editors

Dean Baker, Frida Berrigan, Barbara Ehrenreich, Jeremy Gantz, Mindy Isser, Naomi Klein, John Nichols, Rick Perlstein, Micah Uetricht

Cartoons Editor

Matt Bors


Terry LaBan, Dan Perkins

Website Development

Gridwork Design

Board of Directors

M. Nieves Bolanos, Tobita Chow, Kevin Creighan, Dan Dineen, James Harkin, Anand Jahi, Robert Kraig, Paul Olsen, Rick Perlstein, Keisa Reynolds, Steven Saltzman, Stacey Sutton, David Taber, William Weaver

Publishing Consortium

Grant Abert, Theresa Alt, Aris Anagnos, Stuart Anderson, Dan and Samantha Collins, Leonard C. Goodman, Collier Hands, James Harkin, Lorraine Honig, Polly Howells and Eric Werthman, Gloria Jarecki, Betsy Krieger and David Kandel, Nancy Kricorian and James Schamus, Lisa Lee, Chris Lloyd, Beth Maschinot, Bruce Merrill, Nancy Fleck Myers, Richard L. Pearlstone, Dave Rathke, Abby Rockefeller and Lee Halprin, Perry Rosenstein and Gladys Miller Rosenstein, T.M. Scruggs, Lois Sontag, Lewis and Kitty Steel, Ellen Stone Belic, Jenny and Trevor Tomkins

In These Times Alumni

Craig Aaron, Eric Alterman, Dean Baker, Sidney Blumenthal, Monika Bauerlein, Sara Corbett, David Corn, Ana Marie Cox, Barbara Ehrenreich, Ben Ehrenreich, Laura Flanders, Tom Frank, Amy Goodman, Juan Gonzales, Miles Harvey, Christopher Hayes, John Judis, Naomi Klein, Robert W. McChesney, Harold Myerson, Jim Naureckas, Craig Nelson, John Nichols, Sal Paolantonio, Christian Parenti, Michael Paterniti, Jeff Sharlet, Ken Silverstein, Jeffrey St. Clair, Ilan Stavans, Andrew Sullivan, Tracy Van Slyke, Kurt Vonnegut, Alice Walker, Joan Walsh

Founding Sponsors

Robert Allen, Julian Bond, Noam Chomsky, Barry Commoner, Al Curtis, Hugh DeLacy (1910-1986), G. William Domhoff, Douglas Dowd, David Du Bois, Barbara Ehrenreich, Daniel Ellsberg, Frances Putnam Fritchman, Stephen Fritchman, Barbara Garson, Eugene D. Genovese, Emily Gibson, Michael Harrington (1928-1989), Dorothy Healey (1914-2006), David Horowitz, Paul Jacobs (1918-1978), Arthur Kinoy, Ann J. Lane, Elinor Langer, Jesse Lemisch, Salvador Luria (1912-1991), Staughton Lynd, Harry Magdoff (1913-2006), Herbert Marcuse (1898-1979), Carey McWilliams (1905-1980), David Montgomery, Carlos Munoz, Harvey O'Connor (1897-1987), Jessie Lloyd O'Connor (1904-1988), Earl Ofari, Ronald Radosh, Paul Schrade, Derek Shearer, Stan Steiner (1925-1987), Warren Susman (1927-1985), Paul Sweezy (1910-2004), E.P. Thompson (1924-1993), Naomi Weisstein, William A. Williams (1921-1990), John Womack Jr.