Notable Alumni

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

  • 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
  • Glenn Silber (1972) – Documentary filmmaker
  • 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

At a Glance fact sheet (PDF)