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: 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

Wisconsin DNR corrects vote totals on CWD bounties program

Florence J. Shields

Roach: The airport Epic's Judith Faulkner built

Think about what Epic has come to mean in Madison

Witness: 300-400 bodies wash up on road after Cyclone Idai

Minor injuries reported after train-semi crash in Oconomowoc

Former UW doctor charged with sexually assaulting patient

Uber passenger killed in Milwaukee crash

UW-Madison settles federal research dispute for $1.5M

Philip Pierce Roberts

R. Kelly puts his request to work abroad on hold

Roach: 10 rules for perfecting wedding toasts

Wedding toasts are a salute to wincing

James "Jim" William Weber

Death of women found under crashed car ruled a homicide case

Roach: a boomer's plea

Ah yes. Another month of national turmoil.

Roach: Econ 101

Leaders of UW–Stevens Point made seismic waves

After 200 years, remains of explorer Matthew Flinders found

Food shortages could hit within days of no-deal Brexit

Police look for driver who crashed into building near Madison West High School

Richard Leo Manion

Tennis star wants to inspire Ukrainians during 'very tough' times

Roach: Airplane mode

Pondering the use of Facebook

Roach: Stranger in the night

A raccoon invaded the attic of John Roach's home

Robert Michael Lyght