Hugh Madden

Hugh Madden

Hugh Madden is a freelance writer in northern Michigan. He is the former communications director for Progress Michigan and worked in the Legislature and on government affairs for SEIU Healthcare Michigan. He has a bachelor's degree in Labor Studies from Wayne State University.


Hugh Madden: What I learned about social distancing in a hospital waiting room

By: - April 12, 2020

“See you soon,” I said as I clasped his hand and mustered all the confidence I had in me to smile at him. My dad was heading into surgery for heart valve replacement and I was heading out to the waiting room. It should be just a few hours and he’d be out. I walked […]

As close as it gets: Looking back at Michigan’s presidential elections

By: - February 23, 2020

Since 1997, University of Michigan football hasn’t been able to claim a national title, but the Wolverines can still claim the most wins all-time. At 962 wins, Michigan football has 38 more wins than second-place Ohio State.  As the 2020 presidential race heats up, we know that Michigan will be closely contested. What many people […]

Why Is Gogebic County an island of blue in a sea of red in the U.P.?

By: - September 8, 2019

Gogebic County is a small, rural county of 15,342 people located in the southwestern corner of the Upper Peninsula.  Among the things you’ll find there is Copper Peak in Ironwood — the only ski flying hill in the Western Hemisphere — vestiges of Michigan’s iron industry, and, perhaps, a cougar, as the Michigan Department of […]