Notable Alumni

Updated March 2015

An asterisk (*) indicates attendance at UW–Madison without earning a degree.

Name Accomplishment
Lynsey Addario (1995) Photojournalist
Tammy Baldwin (JD 1989) U.S. senator
Rita Braver (1970) CBS News reporter
Dale Chihuly (MS 1967) Glass artist
Carrie Coon (MFA 2006) Actress
Hector DeLuca (MS 1953, PhD 1955) Pioneer in synthesizing vitamin D
Russ Feingold (1975) Former U.S. senator
Jeff Greenfield (1964) CNN news analyst
Lorraine Hansberry (1952*) Playright, author
Jane Kaczmarek (1979) Actress
Ben Karlin (1993) TV writer and producer
Herb Kohl (1956) Former U.S. senator
Robert M. La Follette (1879) Former Wisconsin governor and congressman
Steve Levitan (1984) TV writer and producer
Charles Lindbergh (1924*) Trans-Atlantic aviator
Jim Lovell (1950) Astronaut
Walter Mirisch (1942) Movie producer
Errol Morris (1969) Documentary film producer
John Muir (1863*) Naturalist, father of the national park system
Gaylord Nelson (LLB 1942) Former Wisconsin governor and U.S. senator, founder of Earth Day
Joyce Carol Oates (MA 1961) Novelist
Allan “Bud” Selig (1956) Former commissioner, Major League Baseball
Jill Soloway (1987) TV writer, producer and director
Frederick Jackson Turner (1884, MA 1888) Historian
Eudora Welty (1929) Author
Frank Lloyd Wright (1890*) Architect
David (1970) and Jerry (1972) Zucker Movie producers