UFO Magazine, the primary English-language UFO newsstand periodical as the twenty-first century begins, was founded in 1985 as a quarterly California UFO periodical, but quickly moved to national prominence as the abduction phenomenon renewed public interest in extraterrestrial explanations of UFOs. Editor Vicki Ecker also demonstrated both a knowledge of the field and a genuine interest in reporting the news. Several other newsstand periodicals, since defunct, played to outlandish and sensational accounts of UFOs and contactees, and were not above fabricating stories to fill space. The magazine has adopted an objective approach that is nevertheless sympathetic to the ufological enterprise.
Each issue of UFO Magazine is built around a half-dozen or more feature articles that highlight spectacular sightings, interview celebrities concerning their views on UFOs, focus on issues of government involvement in (and cover-up of) UFO research, debate controversies within the ufological community, and inform readers on various related topics such as time travel or conspiracy theories. The magazine covers more prominent UFO conventions, especially those on America's West Coast, and provides a synopsis of presentations and pictures of participants. Regular columns review new UFO books, highlight prominent websites, and provide contact information on UFO organizations.
In the late 1990s, the magazine launched its own website at http://www.ufomag.com/. It provides space for timely items of interest, guest opinions, an archive of past articles from the magazine, and editorials by Ecker, her husband Don Ecker, the magazine's research director, and publisher William J. Birnes. Also, Peter Robbins continues his timely surveys of other UFO-related websites in a regular page on the UFO Magazine website. UFO Magazine may be contacted at 5455 Centinela Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90066.