Forward Forum

John Quinlan is a Madison-based journalist, organizational development consultant, and civil rights activist. He is the founding director of “Voices in Support of Community,” a nonprofit that uses storytelling to advance social justice, and is the producer and host of “Forward Forum,” a 12-year-old award-winning radio and television public affairs program. He serves on the board of the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice. He is a past director of the Tenant Resource Center, the LGBT community center OutReach, and the South Metropolitan Planning Council. He has served as president or co-chair of the Fair Housing Council, the Wisconsin Community Fund, and the city of Madison’s Study Circles on Race program, was secretary of the Madison Equal Opportunities Commission, and is a state and national leader of the United Nations Association-USA. He has been a recipient of Community Shares of Wisconsin's Sally Sunde social justice award, and the city of Madison's ML King Humanitarian Award. John received his B.A. in history at the UW-Madison, and is currently pursuing a Masters of Library Science degree at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, with an emphasis on oral history and archiving work.

He is very interested in developing the full potential of alternative media networks statewide and nationwide, and encourages activist-journalists with similar interests to contact him.

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