Alumni Honorees

Markos Moulitsas ZunigaMarkos Moulitsas Zuniga

B.A. Philosophy and Journalism, 1996
B.A. Political Science, 1996


Named the “single most successful entrepreneur of the progressive movement” by The New York Times Magazine, Markos Moulitsas is the founder and publisher of Daily Kos, a weblog focusing on liberal and Democratic Party politics.

Born the son of a Salvadoran mother and a Greek father, Moulitsas spent much of his early life in El Salvador and witnessed the ravages of that country’s civil war. Fleeing threats on their lives, Moulitsas and his family came to reside permanently in Chicago. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and trained as a Multiple Launch Rocket System Fire Direction Specialist.

After military service, Moulitsas enrolled at NIU to use his veteran’s benefits close to home. His exceptional academic achievement (two B.A.’s in four years with three majors and a minor) formed the basis for his studies at Boston University, where he earned a J.D. in 1999. Heading west to San Francisco to “make his dot-com millions,” he worked in a Web development shop when he founded Daily Kos in 2002, giving his blog his military nickname of “Kos.” Daily Kos today is the premier political community in the U.S., with daily traffic between 2-4 million visits.

Moulitsas also is a prolific author in the print medium. He wrote Taking on the System: Rules for Radical Change in a Digital Era and co-authored the influential Crashing the Gate: Netroots, Grassroots, and the Rise of People-Powered Politics. He contributes a weekly column to The Hill and was a contributing columnist at Newsweek during the 2008 election cycle.