Diane Straus Tucker, president and publisher, joined The American Prospect in December 2005 after a long career in publishing and a shorter one in practical politics, working with Howard Dean at the Democratic National Committee. For nearly two decades, Diane worked on the business side of publishing, most recently as group publisher of Manhattan Media, which publishes several weekly community newspapers in Manhattan as well as Avenue magazine. Earlier in her career, she was publisher of The Westchester County Times, Trader Publications, and the Cranford Citizen and Chronicle. Before migrating to the business side she had worked as an editor at The Village Voice and New York Magazine.
Diane grew up in New York and Washington, where her family was active in liberal politics and radio. She was a member of the Yale class of 1973, the first Yale class to admit women. At Yale, she established the first women's varsity tennis team, and was its captain for four years. She is also a thirteen-time national women's platform tennis champion, inducted last year into the Hall of Fame. Diane is the current board chairman of the Yale Alumni Magazine
Diane is the mother of three grown children. She resides in Washington, DC.