Denise Thornton 


Freelance writer       1999-present

  • Recent feature articles in newspapers and magazines in print and online:
    • My Wisconsin Woods, The Aldo Leopold Foundation
    • Isthmus     
    • On Wisconsin
    • Organic Broadcaster
    • Odyssey Magazine
  • Books:
    • Physical Disabilities: The Ultimate Teen Guide  2007 Scarecrow Press
    • Living with Cancer: The Ultimate Teen Guide  2011 Scarecrow Press
    • The Making of Underhill House: Sustainable Shelter Idea Laboratory 2014
  • Other recent projects:
    • At work on Small Wonders, a collection of nature essays
    • Writer and co-editor of Blue Mound Area Project, environmental newsletter 2018-2022
    • Environmental Blogger at  (over 375,000 views)

Instructor, Journalism Dept, University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Intern, assistant editor at Wisconsin People & Ideas Madison WI  2007

Reporter and weekly columnist 1993-1999

  The Chicago Tribune, Lake County Bureau, Vernon Hills IL

Feature writer, The South Bend Tribune, South Bend IN 1987-1992

Staff writer, The Wisconsin State Journal, Madison WI 1983-1985


M.A. Journalism & Mass Communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison 2008

  • emphasis in science writing

Bachelor of Arts, Journalism & Mass Communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison 1982