Judith Davidoff

Judith Davidoff is the editor of Isthmus. 






Sean Brown graduated from law school in May 2017. He landed a staff attorney position at the state and is now getting a big promotion to administrator of the Division of Trade and Consumer Protection. more

Feb 16, 2018 5:23 PM News 2 Comments

For Cher Mandel Diamond, running a fine chocolate shop married her interest in science and art. But after 25 years, she is ready to close the beloved Monroe Street store. more

Dec 21, 2017 5:00 AM Food News


Gary Tipler

An effort is underway to landmark a house connected to a historic piece of legislation. Former lawmaker David Clarenbach lived there while pushing through the Wisconsin Legislature what would become the nation’s first gay rights bill. more

Dec 13, 2017 10:57 AM News


Stephanie Hofmann

It might be counter-intuitive, but a UW business professor says people appreciate gifts more when they know you own the same thing. It’s called “companionizing.” more

Nov 16, 2017 2:00 PM Isthmus Giving

For some, booze is enough. But if you’re like me, you want a nosh too. Here are some happy hours that offer discounted food as well as drinks. more

Oct 5, 2017 10:00 AM Isthmus Drinks

Kagan encourages law students and young lawyers to seek out mentors. “Put yourself in a position where people can give you great advice,” she said. “Making yourself a little vulnerable is the best thing you can do." more

Sep 9, 2017 12:00 AM News


Beth Skogen

Two young architects built about 50 modern, affordable homes from 1935 to 1941 in the Madison area. A large cluster of these International Style homes remains in Monona’s Frost Wood neighborhood. more

Jul 27, 2017 5:00 AM A & E


Carolyn Fath

David Prosser has been retired from the Wisconsin Supreme Court for nearly a year. A former legislator, he’s now looking deeper into state policy issues and some matters that came before him on the court. more

Jul 20, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories


Wisconsin Historical Society

When the Legislature convened for the first time in the new Capitol on Jan. 10, 1917, Madison residents had a new place to go for fine dining: The Capitol Cafe. The restaurant operated in the basement for more than a decade. more

Jun 29, 2017 5:00 AM FOOD & DRINK


David Michael Miller

There is Wisconsin. And there’s Forward. Is there a Miss Forward at the 100-year old Wisconsin Capitol? more

Jun 29, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories

It’s unclear when people started referring to the Wisconsin Capitol as the “people’s house” but a new book says the term can be traced back to a reference to the White House made during an 1827 debate. more

Jun 29, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories


Judith Davidoff

Residents upset about the loss of canopy trees joined with city officials who have been responsible for cutting some of them down, in a tree planting event. This is a hopeful tale about problem-solving, cooperation and understanding. more

May 18, 2017 5:00 AM Snapshot


Bill Lueders

Should this be hyphenated? Can you jazz up this headline? Isthmus has relied on Michana Buchman's superb copyediting skills for decades. She is retiring after 32 years. more

May 4, 2017 5:00 AM News 4 Comments


Bev Mazur

The Raging Grannies bring their street theater and songs to protests around town. But members have their own stories to tell. Listen to Your Grandmothers is their new book. more

May 4, 2017 5:00 AM Books


Phil Ejercito

Washington Post reporter Amy Goldstein documented the fallout in Janesville after General Motors shuttered its factory in 2008. Goldstein’s new book shows the difficult choices faced by families whose $28-an-hour jobs vanished. more

Apr 18, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories 2 Comments


Judy Davidoff

Mermaid Cafe closed after more than 11 years on Winnebago Street. Owner Lisa Jacobson says she will be involved in some way with her brother’s new hotel and cafe on Baldwin Street. more

Mar 31, 2017 12:05 PM FOOD & DRINK


Sarah Maughan

More than 100 people gathered at the Goodman Center to celebrate the life and work of Milele Chikasa Anana, civil rights activist and longtime publisher of “UMOJA” magazine, which highlights the accomplishments of Madison’s black community. more

Mar 2, 2017 5:00 AM Snapshot


Judith Davidoff

Madison activists are not sitting back while President Donald Trump gets going on his promised agenda. Leading Locally Madison met Saturday before the Women’s March to plan its own 100 days of action. more

Jan 21, 2017 12:00 AM News

They want strict thresholds for when judges have to recuse themselves. High campaign donations have led citizens to “rightfully ask whether justice is for sale.” more

Jan 11, 2017 4:37 PM News

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources removed language pointing to human-caused climate change on its website. Scientists at UW-Madison debunk the revised language in a public statement. more

Jan 9, 2017 12:16 PM News