Bernie's Journey: From 'Sanders the Socialist' to Commander in Chief?

Bernie's Journey: From 'Sanders the Socialist' to Commander in Chief? 

It’s been a long, strange trip for Bernie Sanders, and now the U.S. Senate’s most outspoken independent is considering a run for president. How did he get this far? Retrace “Bernie’s Journey” — from mayor of Burlington, Vermont, to skilled senatorial soloist — through the eyes of the state’s independent alternative media. Original material from more than 30 years of Bernie-watching tells the real story of the outsider who would be president. Browse this timeline for a virtual whistle-stop tour of Bernie’s colorful political career.


  • Greg Guma, author of The People's Republic: Vermont and the Sanders Revolution, helped compose this feature.
  • CCTV Center for Media & Democracy contributed archival video footage to the feature. Visit their video archives to order additional Bernie Sanders footage.
  • To reuse archival photos from this feature, please contact photographers Matthew Thorsen (802-318-3056) and/or  Rob Swanson (802-355-1929).
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Greg Guma

Paula Routly

Paula Routly

Paula Routly is the cofounder, publisher and coeditor of Seven Days.
Andrea Suozzo

Andrea Suozzo

Andrea is the digital editor at Seven Days. She spends most of her time behind the scenes keeping the website in order, crafting social media posts, writing newsletters and dabbling in code.

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