Madison editorial director to retire in September

WISC-TV and Madison Magazine Editorial Director Neil Heinen will retire in September after 28 years or writing editorials.

In an article posted to the station’s website Heinen said, “It’s been an honor and a privilege for more than three decades to represent owner Elizabeth Murphy Burns and the Murphy Burns family’s commitment to journalism, to South Central Wisconsin and especially to Madison.”

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to give voice to Liz’s belief in the responsibility of family-owned, local media to contribute, to partner and to lead. My career at WISC and Madison Magazine has been challenging, satisfying and rewarding beyond my wildest dreams.”

The article said Heinen played a role in supporting building projects like Monona Terrace, Kohl Center and Overture Center. He was part of numerous community initiatives and maintained countless connections in the community.

“To declare Neil Heinen a Madison institution is an understatement, and his impact and legacy will last forever,” said WISC-TV vice president and general manager Tom Keeler. “He’s one of the most recognized, revered and respected individuals in Madison today.”

Heinen’s last day will be Sept. 15.