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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.

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Jessica Stites

Editorial Director

Jamie Hendry

Associate Publisher

Lauren Kostoglanis

Development Director

Rachel K. Dooley

Creative Director

Sarah Lazare

Web Editor

Sherell Barbee

Associate Editor

Nashwa Bawab

Assistant Editor

Caroline Reid

Publishing Assistant

Tyler He

Development Assistant

Matt Whitt

Design Assistant

Rebecca Sterner

Circulation Director

Copy Editor

Bob Miller

Proofreaders

Sharon Bloyd-Peshkin, Amelia Diehl, Jaron Feldman, 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, 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

Cartoonists

Terry LaBan, Dan Perkins

Website Development

Gridwork Design

Board of Directors

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

Publishing Consortium

CHAMPIONS Bert Cohn, Jesse Crawford, Denise D’Anne, Adelaide P. Gomer, Leonard Goodman, Laura Graham and T. M. Scruggs, Collier Hands, Lucille Boilard-Harkin and James Harkin, Polly Howells and Eric Werthman, Chris Lloyd, Shira Piven and Adam McKay, Maria Plaxco, Gladys Miller-Rosenstein, Neal Rosenstein, David Taber, Jenny and Trevor Tomkins

PARTNERS Kevin George, Ellen Leary, Bruce P. Merrill, A. Paul Olsen, William Weaver

COLLEAGUES Theresa Alt and Wayles Browne, Lucy and Peter Ascoli, Martha Biondi, Carolyn Byerly, Kevin Creighan, Nancy Fleck Myers, Christine George, Marjorie P. Harrison, Dwayne Huebner, Samantha Kooney-Collins and Daniel Collins, Robert Nixon, Judith Rhinestine and Michael Stein, Marc Silberman

ALLIES Miriam Marie Ariel, Pat Aufderheide, Stuart R. Bass, Kay Berkson and Sidney Hollander, Jennifer Boal and Roland Goff, M. Nieves Bolaños, Sara Borer, Elizabeth Brackett and Fred Olson, Jan Breidenbach and Dan Stormer, Joshua Cohen, Mardge Cohen and Gordon Schiff, Neal Dahl, Amy Domini, Jacquelyn Ellenz and Steven Snyder, Frank and Dolores M. Emspak, Martha J. Fleischman, Heidi Frey and Robert Greenwald, Martha Goldin, H. Candace Gorman and Christopher Ross, Marie Gottschalk, Connie and Kenneth Graham, Dedrea and Paul Gray, Jon Hagler, Lucy and Rich Henighan, Rebeca Itzkowich and John Ireland, Bob Kerrey, Lorenzo and Robin Kristov, Lisa Lee and Adam Bush, Peter Livingston, Frances and Peter Marcuse, Peter Martinazzi, Robert Masta, Peg and Dave Melchior, Robert D. Metcalf, Janice Mokros, Mary Padgett, Maria Pastoor and John Klein, Bernadine and Edward D. Pillar, Gordon Quinn, Barbara Ransby and Peter Sporn, Jinx and Frank Roosevelt, Don Rose, Pete Rosenblum, Margaret C. Rung, Brian Sherman, Bette Sikes, Richard Smith, Jean C. Stanfield, Kitty and Lewis Steel, Lauren Steiner, Ellen Stone Belic, Stacey Sutton, Matthew Topel, Rick Perlstein, Jennifer Alter Warden and Robert Warden, Alisse Waterston and Howard Horowitz, Susan Weltman

FRIENDS Edmund Abegg, Suzanne Antisdel, David Arms, Jim Baerg, Samuel Bagenstos, Paul Baicich, Kenneth Basom, Dick Bennett, Maryann Berry, Patti Bleifuss, Kate Bronfenbrenner, Paul Bundy, Robert Burnett, Robert Burns, Nicholas Burt, Sudarshan Cadambi, Elaine A. Calos, Dorreen and Bill Carey, Jennifer Colver and Michael Kulik, Constance Cooper and Marc Bastuscheck, Mark and Susan Dawson, Aaron Dellutri, Margaret Dulany, Chris Eakins and Ralph Edgar Eakins, Armeda Ferrini, Myron Filene, Rachel Frederick, Judith Gardiner, Nell Geiser, Douglas Giles, Jill Gordon, Amelia Gray, Jake Greene, John M. Hahn-Francini, Richard Hansis, Paul Hanson, Teresa and Dennis Hendry, Merlyn and Josiah Heyman, Elizabeth Higginbotham, Dan Miller and Celeste Januszewski, Gloria Jarecki, Patricia Jotkoff, Maureen Keating, Bengt Kjellén, Jack Knight, Robert Kraig, Felix Kramer, Timothy Lange, Lillian Laskin, Ben Lazare, Nelson Lichtenstein, Tony Litwinko, Mary Mackay and Edward Wheatley, Ann Markusen and Rod Walli, Fay Marsh, Kelly Mather, Noah McCormack, Robert J. McCurdy, Theresa McGovern, Michael McKeon, John McLees, Monique Morrissey and Michael Duffy, Amy Morton and Rob Milburn, Luann Mostello and Art Milholland, Lawrence Myers, Jill and Thomas Newhouse, Teri Nitta, Steve Penningroth, Lois and Donald Pfost, James Phillips, Maxine Phillips, Roberta Pikser, Larry Polivka, Robert Pollin, Marjorie Pries, Gail Radford, Jane Regan, Frank L. Schneider, David Schweickart, Radu Sebescu, Rachel Sherman, Raymond Sprogis, Chris Stidley and Ed Bedrick, Robert E. Sullivan, Lana Touchstone, Charlie Varano, Douglas Wagner, Laurie Wermter, John Wetherhold, Paul Wiechman, Frank Wilson, Tracey Wilson, Ken Winkes, Robert Jackson Wood, Jack Wuest, Guillermo Zamora

FOUNDATIONS Center for Economic Democracy dba Ujima Fund, Lorraine and Victor Honig Fund for Social Change, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The Miami Foundation (NewsMatch), Mary E. Nolting Family Foundation, Park Foundation, Peggy Meyerhoff Pearlstone Foundation, Puffin Foundation Ltd.,Wheat Co Charitable Fund, Wiedmann-Elitzik Charitable Fund

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.