John Roach has served as Madison Magazine’s monthly back page columnist for nearly 30 years.
He is founder and 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. Roach also co-wrote the screenplay for the 1999 David Lynch Film, “The Straight Story.” He has published two books that are collections of his most memorable columns over the years: “Way Out Here in the Middle” was published in 2003 and “While I Have Your Attention” was published in 2018.