Isthmus has hired veteran Madison journalist Judith Davidoff as its news editor. Davidoff, who replaces Bill Lueders, is currently the news editor at the Capital Times and one of Wisconsin's most respected writers.
Davidoff has been covering state and city issues since the early 1990s, after receiving a master's degree in public policy and administration from the UW's Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs. From 1994-2000, she served as features editor and staff writer for Isthmus, writing memorable articles on a wide variety of subjects.
Davidoff left Isthmus to become the Capital Times' city hall reporter, winning Milwaukee Press Club Awards for best beat reporting, analytical story, and continuous reporting on a subject. She became the Capital Times' assistant news editor in 2008 and news editor in 2009. Under her direction, her reporters have won numerous awards.
Davidoff is eager to return to Isthmus to lead its news operation into the future.
"While evolving in an ever-changing media landscape, Isthmus, one of the nation's oldest independent newsweeklies, has remained true to its roots as a premier source of enterprise reporting," she says. "I look forward to rejoining its talented staff."
"Judy has roots in the alternative press, with its penchant for in-depth analysis and distinctively personal perspectives," says Isthmus editor Dean Robbins. "Over the past decade, she's also mastered a daily newspaper's approach to breaking news. This will be a formidable combination as she heads up the news operation in both Isthmus' weekly newspaper and 24-hour website, TheDailyPage.com."