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Win McCormack's Biography

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Portland, Oregon
Oct 2008

Win McCormack is publisher and editor-in-chief of Tin House magazine. He published Oregon Magazine from 1976 to 1988, has also been involved in publishing Oregon Business, Oregon Home, Travel Oregon, Military History Quarterly, and Art and Auction magazines, and was involved in the start-up of Mother Jones. He is editor of the books Profiles of Oregon, Great Moments in Oregon History, and The Rajneesh Chronicles. He won a William Allen White award for his investigative coverage of the Rajneesh cult from 1982-1986. He wrote the article "Deconstructing the Election: Foucault, Derrida and GOP Strategy" for the Nation. He holds a BA in government from Harvard College and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Oregon.

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McCormack is also a political activist, and was Chair of the Oregon Steering Committee for Gary Hart’s presidential campaign in 1984. He is Chair of the Oregon Democratic Party’s President’s Council, a member of the Obama for President Oregon Finance Committee and an Alternate Delegate to the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver. He writes on politics and social issues, and has written for Oregon Magazine, Tin House, The Oregonian, and Oregon Humanities magazine, and wrote the cover story about the 2000 presidential election in Florida for the March 26, 2001 issue of The Nation entitled “Deconstructing the Election: Foucault, Derrida and GOP Strategy.”  

He serves on the Oregon Council for the Humanities and the Oregon Tourism Commission and on the Board of Overseers of Emerson College, and is a co-founder of the Liberty Hill Foundation in Los Angeles.