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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Presidential election shows a rise in the honesty class

Recalling presidents of the past

Roach: Finding a safe haven from politics

Author John Sandford's books hold up over time

Roach: Leaders need to reverse 'Us vs. Them' in Madison

As use of force and violence take center stage

Roach to state Dems: Be more like the Cubs

Wisconsin Democrats should take a page from the...

Roach on political race: How weird can it get?

John Roach has an interesting pick for our next...

2 hidden gems at Nakoma Golf Club

The Big Bar offers non-stop fun while the...

Roach: Madison and the rise of Foodie Nation

Four chefs in the running for James Beard Awards

Roach: Madison's best trait is '15 Minute Brag'

The one single thing that makes every other...

Roach: Trio of films strip the emperor's clothes

‘Making a Murderer,' 'Spotlight' and 'The...

Roach: From the Pill to Tinder

Not since the Pill has something changed the...

Roach: Why my dog is on Prozac

That very concept is enough to depress you

Roach: The Blue Screen of Death

Steve Jobs gave us a new world with the iPhone....

Voter fatigue produces candid candidates

Imagine if politicians spoke the truth

Broken wings: Why I hate air travel

Somewhere the Wright Brothers are weeping

Exodus: An escape to the north woods

Millions flock to the pristine lakes and woods

Roach: To serve and shoot

A legal shot isn't necessarily a good shot

A tribute to everyone's greatest cheerleader

Support Alzheimer's research May 3

Enough blame to go around in Robinson shooting

Professor looks at underlying agents to race issue

The upper right hand corner

College sports experiences continuous changes

A dog's life

The death of a dog is a big deal

Four reasons Democrats lost in 2014

We need boring state government

Madison should highlight contributions to culture, history

Across the Universe

The wonders of digital devices

John Roach: The curse of Nails' Tales

The Curse of The Thing

The new Edgewater makes a civic statement for Madison

The fine art of looking the other way

Is 26 the worst age in America?

The Northwoods Inspires Deep Conversations

In celebration of pizza—the perfect food

Faith, Hope and Lots and Lots of Charity

Ball of Confusion

Things Have Changed