John Nichols

John Nichols

Formal First Name
1959 - present

John Nichols is a liberal and progressive journalist and author. Nichols writes about politics for The Nation as its national affairs correspondent, and hosts Next Left, The Nation’s podcast featuring interviews with rising progressive politicians. He is also a contributing writer for The Progressive and In These Times and the associate editor of the Capital Times, the daily newspaper in Madison, Wisconsin. In addition, he is a co-founder of the national media reform organization, Free Press. Nichols has written or co-written over 12 books, including The Rise and Rise of Richard B. Cheney, The Genius of Impeachment, and Jews for Buchanan, as well as the co-author of Tragedy and Farce. He is a frequent guest on radio and television programs as a commentator on politics and media issues, and his words and insights have been featured in publications and on air, both nationally and abroad. In addition, Nichols has covered every US presidential election since 1984 and has reported from more than 20 countries around the world.


  • Nichols' articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian in London, Chicago Tribune, and dozens of other newspapers.

  • He has written or co-written 12 books, and he has appeared on Meet the Press, Bill Moyers Journal and other national talk shows.

  • He is also a regular on the BBC, RTE (Irish Radio) and news networks around the world.

  • He has testified before Congress and United Nations-sponsored events and he has twice keynoted global conferences of the International Federation of Journalists.

  • Nichols has been a featured presenter at conventions, conferences, and public forums on media issues sponsored by the Federal Communications Commission, the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Consumers International, the Future of Music Coalition, the AFL-CIO, the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, the Newspaper Guild [CWA], and dozens of other organizations.