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Utne Reader
Type Bimonthly magazine
Format Magazine
Owner Ogden Publications
Editor David Schimke
Founded 1984
Political alignment Left/liberal
Headquarters 12 North 12th Street, Suite 400
Minneapolis, MN 55403 U.S
ISSN 8750-0256
Official website

Utne Reader (aka Utne) is an American bimonthly magazine. The magazine collects and reprints articles on politics, culture, and the environment from generally alternative media sources, including journals, newsletters, weeklies, zines, music and DVDs. In addition, the magazine's writers and editors contribute books, film, and music reviews and original articles which tend to focus on emerging cultural trends. The magazine's website produces seven blogs covering politics, environment, media, spirituality, science and technology, great writing, and the arts.



The magazine was founded in 1984 by Eric Utne and Nina Rothschild Utne as Utne Reader. Utne chaired the magazine until the late 1990s when Rothschild took over.[1]

The cover logo was changed to simply Utne in 2003-06. with the subtitle, A Different Read on Life.[2]

In 2006 the magazine was purchased by Ogden Publications, publishers of Grit, Mother Earth News, Natural Home and other magazines.[3] The earlier title Utne Reader was brought back, and the magazine refocused on its original mission to reprint "the best of the alternative press".[4]

According to the New York Times, Utne Reader was part of the salon movement of the 1980s, devoted to debate on the issues of the day.[5] Utne Reader was an early source of coverage of the mythopoetic men's movement when it first surfaced in the early 1990s.[6]


In addition to the 7 topic-drive blogs, including "Politics," "Environment," "Great Writing," "Science and Technology," and "Arts," Utne Reader recently added three more:

Thousand Yard Stare[7]: A blog about war and peace and the lives caught in between by senior editor Jeff Severns Guntzel.

The Sweet Pursuit[8]: Insights into human nature and emerging ideas for living richer, happier lives by associate editor Julie Hanus.

Wild Green[9]: Environmental issues from climate change to composting by Utne Reader senior editor Keith Goetzman.


The magazine's editorial office subscribes to more than 1,200 publications,[10] a collection that is overseen by librarian Danielle Maestretti.

Utne Independent Press Awards

Every year, the magazine gives out its Utne Independent Press Awards,[11] which honor alternative and independent magazines from around the world. Winners from 2006 included the Wilson Quarterly, In These Times and 28 Pages Lovingly Bound with Twine.[12]


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