John Roach

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John Roach writes a monthly column for Madison Magazine.

He is president of ROACH, an Emmy Award-winning video and film production company. Prior to forming his own Madison-based company in 1985, John was a producer at CBS and ABC in Chicago for six years. His credits include six Chicago Emmys, a National Iris Award for Best Television Special and a national CableACE nomination. He received the Peter Lisagor Award for Special News Production, plus recognition from the Organization of American Women in TV and Radio for his documentary work. His book, Way Out Here in the Middle, was published in 2003.

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Roach Op Ed: ‘Isn’t it about time? The world has lost more than 5 million people.’

"Despite the efficacy of the vaccines, there are still millions of Americans who resolutely deny the science and refuse to get what they snidely call 'the jab.'"

Roach: Bright Eyes

The whole family was on edge as the day became evening, became night.

Roach: One leg at a time

As we crawl out of the worst pandemic of our time toward something resembling herd immunity, it is worth contemplating the societal impact of COVID-19.

Roach: That great street

As this issue of the magazine celebrates 40 years of naming all that is best about our town, one asset has become the center of controversy — State Street.

Roach: Jump Around

One thing will be missing this year. For the first time in three decades, Barry Alvarez won’t have a formal role on Madison Saturdays.

Roach: Cheaper by the dozen

"After wandering in the darkness with the loss of so many, there is now joy in the air. Instead of eulogies and wakes we have weddings, baptisms and puppies galore."

Roach: Stars and stripes

This Fourth of July was different. I had been mulling over the notion of adding another banner to accompany the Stars and Stripes to add context to Old Glory.

Roach: Remote possibility

As we emerge from quarantine, squint at the sun and begin to gather in groups giddy with reclaimed freedom — and return, at least partially, to the office — it is worth pondering how we have changed.

Roach: Goodbye, old friend

The past year will be remembered as one of loss.

Roach: Better Man

The world has been dormant for a year. Life as we knew it has been on hold since last March. But in the midst of this latency period, someone has been working. And his name is Kaleem Caire.

Roach: The boomers are coming

Although COVID-19 and its variants have not been extinguished from our lives, we can now see a time when the vicious interloper will no longer be hovering over our shoulder.

Roach: A drawer full of masks

If all goes well, there will come a day when we finally tuck our masks away.

Roach: Knock it off!

'Assuming there are no further coup attempts, a new chapter for America has begun.'

Roach: Shot in the dark

'Wow. Almost didn’t get this column written because I was sick this past month.'

Roach: Winter is coming

We are entering a Wisconsin winter that promises to be unlike any we have ever experienced

Roach: The morning after

We face a divisive election that will determine the course of our nation for the next four years.

Roach: I want to be bored silly

After much thinking, musing and pondering, I have come to the realization that I want just one thing from our next commander in chief: I want to be bored.

Roach: Dumb and Dumber

"I wonder daily when and how we became so profoundly stupid."

Roach: Shelter from the storm

In times of turmoil, it is difficult to see the full story. But then it hits you: The chaos is the story.

Roach: Will COVID-19 be an uninvited wedding guest?

Well, didn’t the Roach clan pick an interesting time to plan a wedding?

Roach: Love in the time of COVID-19

In the middle of a pandemic, my family is having a party.

Roach: That word

Lately, Madison has had some issues with the N-word.

Roach: The switch to remote Fridays

A few weeks ago, we made a modest change in our business

Roach: The men of the ice

The following email was sent last November to a select group of Chicago men.

Roach: Heavenly peace

My understanding of Christmas has morphed.

Roach: Fly away home

Madison is being considered as a base for the F-35

Roach: Time is ticking for people to act

There are many reasons to believe climate change

Roach: Animal instinct

Roach: Living vicariously through the careers of others

"And I enjoy the hell out of it."

John Roach’s parting words to Nails’ Tales

Donald Lipski's Nails' Tales is going away

Roach: Double standards in the news industry

Pressure on a woman's appearance is constant

Roach: On the wing

In all the clutter, there are gems to be found

Roach: The airport Epic’s Judith Faulkner built

Think about what Epic has come to mean in Madison

Roach: 10 rules for perfecting wedding toasts

Wedding toasts are a salute to wincing

Roach: a boomer’s plea

Ah yes. Another month of national turmoil.

Roach: Econ 101

Leaders of UW–Stevens Point made seismic waves

Roach: Airplane mode

Pondering the use of Facebook

Roach: Stranger in the night

A raccoon invaded the attic of John Roach's home

Roach: Friday night fights

Edgewood high school never plays on its home field