Doug Moe is the author of numerous critically-acclaimed non-fiction books, as well as thousands of newspaper columns and magazine articles.



‘The inimitable chronicler of Madison.’

DAVID MARANISS, Pultizer Prize-winning bestselling author.


With storytelling skills honed across 40 years in Wisconsin journalism, Doug’s insightful magazine profiles and book-length biographies have made him the go-to journalist for magazine editors and book publishers.

In addition, he writes corporate and foundation histories and is a frequent collaborator with individuals, including former Wisconsin Governor Tommy G. Thompson, who want their stories written in a compelling style that will engage readers.

Doug is much in demand as a keynote speaker, drawing on a vast array of behind the scenes stories from his life in journalism -- tales that include a rare, lengthy interview with Lana Peters, daughter of Joseph Stalin; standing at the shoulder of a celebrated surgeon as he transplanted a liver; sharing volatile living quarters with football star Lyle Alzado; going backstage with Chris Farley at Saturday Night Live; interviewing the U.S. intelligence officer who discovered Adolf Hitler’s will at the bottom of a dry well outside Munich; and many more.

In recent years Doug has served as a moderator or interviewer at numerous book launch events and panel discussions, including a June 2018 panel at the Madison Reunion in which he interviewed the distinguished travel journalists Tim Cahill and Peter Greenberg.



Year after year, voted “Best Columnist" in the Best of Madison Poll. Also honored as “Best Author” in 2023.
2017 Gold Award (first place) in the Milwaukee Press Club Excellence in Wisconsin Journalism competition for his weekly Madison Magazine blog.
Finalist in the national 2017 City and Regional Magazine Awards best profile competition for his Madison Magazine article, “The Real Mike Koval.”

Two-time winner of the Golden Gavel Award for outstanding journalism presented by the State Bar of Wisconsin.
Recognized more than a dozen times as best writer or columnist in Madison in readers’ polls conducted by Madison Magazine and the Wisconsin State Journal.

His book “The World of Mike Royko” was named a “Choice Selection of the Year” by the Chicago Tribune.
His book “Lords of the Ring: The Triumph and Tragedy of College Boxing’s Greatest Team” was runner-up for the August Derleth Award recognizing the best nonfiction book of the year by a Wisconsin author, and received honorable mention in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s ranking of the best collegiate sports books of all time. It has also been optioned several times for a possible documentary or feature film.

‘A star among Wisconsin journalists.’

BILL LUEDERS, award-winning author and managing editor of The Progressive magazine.

Doug Moe’s books can be ordered through Mystery to Me Bookstore in Madison or by clicking here.