Judd Legum

Judd Legum
Judd Legum at South by Southwest 2018 (40199155125).jpg
Legum at South by Southwest 2018
BornDecember 8, 1978 (age 41)
Alma materPomona College (B.A.)
Georgetown University Law Center (JD)

Judd Legum is an American journalist, lawyer, and political staffer.

Early life

Legum was born in Annapolis, Maryland on December 8, 1978.[1][2] Legum earned a B.A. in Public Policy analysis from Pomona College and a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center in 2003.[3] After graduating from law school, Legum became a member of the Maryland State Bar Association.[4]


Legum founded ThinkProgress in 2005,[5] running it for two years before leaving in 2007 to join Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign as research director.[6] Following the 2008 campaign, he practiced law in Maryland before returning to ThinkProgress in 2011, and became the site's editor-in-chief in May 2012.[7] Under his supervision, the site grew up to a 40-person newsroom that earned 10 million unique visitors a month.[8]

In 2010, Legum unsuccessfully ran for a seat in the Maryland House of Delegates.[9][10]

Legum has drawn notice for reporting and commentary on a range of political topics, including the 2016 presidential campaign,[11] campaign finance,[12] the legacy of Martin Luther King in contemporary politics,[13] and the media's role in politics.[14]

In 2018, Legum announced he was leaving ThinkProgress to develop an independent newsletter, to be published through Substack.[8] Legum joins Matt Taibbi and Daniel Ortberg as early participants in the company's publishing model.[8] Legum's newsletter, called "Popular Information", is Substack's first politically-focused publication. It launched July 23, 2018.[8][15]


  1. ^ Lippman, Daniel. "BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Judd Legum, editor-in-chief of ThinkProgress". POLITICO. Retrieved 2019-12-10.
  2. ^ "Judd Legum Bio, Wiki, Married, Wife, Interview, Trump, ThinkProgress". Marathi.TV. 2017-03-14. Retrieved 2019-12-10.
  3. ^ Bonazzo, John (16 September 2016). "How ThinkProgress 'Progressive in Chief' Judd Legum Spends His Day". New York Observer. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Judd Legum". TechCamp. Retrieved 2019-12-10.
  5. ^ Kludt, Tom (20 July 2016). "Medium lands biggest website yet". CNN Money. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  6. ^ Haberman, Maggie (20 February 2015). "Hillary Clinton Begins Process of Vetting -- Herself". The New York Times. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  7. ^ Stein, Sam (8 May 2012). "Nancy Pelosi Taps New Online Director". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  8. ^ a b c d Dreyfuss, Emily (July 12, 2018). "Judd Legum Wants to Fix News With a Newsletter". Wired. Retrieved 2018-07-13.
  9. ^ "Judd Legum". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 2019-12-10.
  10. ^ "Judd Legum Running for Maryland Delegate". Daily Kos. Retrieved 2019-12-10.
  11. ^ Willingham, Emily (October 1, 2016). "Finally, Someone Found A Beneficiary Of Trump Charity, And It's An Antivaccine Organization". Forbes. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  12. ^ Landy, Benjamin (June 21, 2016). "Why Did Trump Pay $35,000 to This Mysterious "Mad Men" LLC?". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  13. ^ Blake, John (January 18, 2016). "Debunking the biggest myths about MLK". CNN. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  14. ^ Lima, Cristiano (September 7, 2016). "Liberals lash out at Lauer, NBC". Politico. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  15. ^ Legum, Judd (July 23, 2018). "Ignore the polls". Popular Information. Retrieved 30 October 2018.