Reason (magazine)

Reason (magazine)

Infobox Magazine
title = Reason

image_size = 175x229px
image_caption = August/September 2008 issue of "Reason"
editor = Matt Welch
editor_title = Editor-in-Chief
staff_writer =
frequency = 11 issues annually
circulation = 60,000
category = general interest, public policy
company = Reason Foundation
publisher =
firstdate = 1968
country = United States
language = English
website = []
issn = 0048-6906

"Reason" is a libertarian monthly magazine from the Reason Foundation.

"Reason" was founded in 1968 by Lanny Friedlander as a more-or-less monthly mimeographed publication. In 1970 it was purchased by Robert W. Poole, Manuel S. Klausner, and Tibor R. Machan, who set it on a more regular publishing schedule. As the monthly print magazine of "free minds and free markets", it covers politics, culture, and ideas with a mix of news, analysis, commentary, and reviews.

Matt Welch has been the magazine's editor-in-chief since 2008. Other "Reason" writers include Jacob Sullum, Jesse Walker, Brian Doherty, Ronald Bailey, Radley Balko, Tim Cavanaugh, Kerry Howley, David Weigel, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Michael C. Moynihan, Damon Root, Greg Beato, Cathy Young, Jonathan Rauch, and cartoonist Peter Bagge. Former editors include Nick Gillespie, Marty Zupan, and Virginia Postrel.

Erik Spiekermann, the inventor of the typeface Meta, headed a redesign of "Reason" in 2001, aiming for a look that is "cleaner, more modern, making use of the Meta typeface throughout".

In June 2004, subscribers to "Reason" magazine received a personalized issue that had their name, and a satellite photo of their home or workplace on the cover.

The magazine has a circulation of around 60,000 and has twice been named one of the "50 best magazines" by the "Chicago Tribune". [cite news |title= 50 best magazines |url=,1,1202754.story?coll=chi-homepagenews-utl |work=Chicago Tribune |date=June 17, 2004]

In 2008, Reason's web site, [] , was named a Webby Award Honoree in the magazine category. []

Hit and Run

Hit & Run is "Reason"'s group blog. It is maintained and written by the staff of the magazine. It was started in 2002. Former "Reason" Editor-in-Chief Nick Gillespie and "Reason" Web Editor Tim Cavanaugh, both veterans of, modeled the blog in some ways after that website: they brought along several other writers to contribute, fostered a style in the blog matching that former website's sarcastic attitude, and even the name "Hit & Run" was taken from what had been a weekly news roundup column on The Reason editors referred to this co-opting of the former website as the "Suck"-ification of "Reason"." [cite news |first=Cynthia |last=Cotts |title= A Marriage Made Online: How 'Reason' Came to 'Suck' |url=,cotts,41332,6.html |work=The Village Voice |date=January 21, 2003]

In 2005, Hit & Run was named as one of the best political blogs by "Playboy". [cite journal | title=Top 10 Political Blogs |journal=Playboy |month=November |year=2006]


External links

* [ "Reason Magazine site"]
* [ Hit and Run]
* [ "Wired" founder helps "Reason"]

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