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Retired People's World Editor-in-Chief Tim Wheeler distributing copies of the Daily World at an event in the 1980s. | People's World Archives

Dispatch from former People’s World Editor-in-Chief Tim Wheeler

Sequim, Wash.

As usual, I took a swig of coffee this morning and opened my computer to check the latest news in People’s World.

There, staring back at me, was the story I had just submitted this morning reporting on the “huge” uncommitted and write-in vote in the Washington State Presidential Primary demanding that President Biden speak out for a “Ceasefire in Gaza.”

I noticed that the editors had updated my story with the latest returns that 58,000, not 48,000, Democratic primary voters sent in their mail ballots marked “uncommitted,” a stunning 8.1% of the total.

So, I must add this well-edited story to the 10,000 stories I have written for People’s World since I first joined the staff of The Worker in January 1966—58 years ago.

Tim Wheeler on the march at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. | People’s World

I checked out other stories now posted in People’s World: There was Richard Green’s excellent report headlined “The road to Winning a House Majority Runs Through California.” I watched a video of Janice Rothstein explaining why she opened People’s World on her computer to read stories about the struggles of the working class ignored by the New York Times and Washington Post and became a recurring donor. Mark Gruenberg’s report on President Biden’s interview with the Teamsters Union is included.

People’s World editors John Wojcik and C.J. Atkins wrote an insightful analysis of President Biden’s imperialist war policy abroad and populist policy at home. It is a study of contradictions that is well worth reading.

As part of our celebration of the centennial of the founding of the Daily Worker in 1924, they featured another story from the Feb. 5, 2003, edition of the People’s Weekly World (predecessor of People’s World) headlined “Powell at U.N. Caught in Web of Lies.” It was a report of General Colin Powell’s U.N. speech about Iraq’s non-existent “weapons of mass destruction” to justify the Bush-Cheney invasion of Iraq.

I wrote it!

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In solidarity,

Tim Wheeler


Tim Wheeler
Tim Wheeler

Tim Wheeler has written over 10,000 news reports, exposés, op-eds, and commentaries in his half-century as a journalist for the Worker, Daily World, and People’s World. Tim also served as editor of the People’s Weekly World newspaper.  His book News for the 99% is a selection of his writings over the last 50 years representing a history of the nation and the world from a working-class point of view. After residing in Baltimore for many years, Tim now lives in Sequim, Wash.