Notable Alumni

  • 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

More information

An Introduction to the University of Wisconsin–Madison (PDF)

At a Glance fact sheet (PDF)

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