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Roger Witherspoon
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Wm. Roger Witherspoon has spent more than 40 years working in all forms of the media as a journalist, author, educator, and public relations specialist. Along the way, he has written extensively on state and national politics, foreign affairs, finance, defense, civil rights, constitutional law, health, the environment, and energy.

Most of his career has been in the news business, working as a full time reporter, editor, columnist, or producer for a variety of media companies including newspapers (The Record, N.J.; Star Ledger, N.J.; NY Daily News; Atlanta Constitution; Dallas Times Herald; and Journal News (N.Y.); television ( CNN, KNBC and NBC Network); and radio (WCBN, MI.).

As a free lance writer, he has written for several publications, including Time, Newsweek, Fortune, Essence, Black Enterprise, The Economist, and US Black Engineer & IT.

As an educator, he assembled and led a team of journalists charged with the complete restructuring of the print and broadcast curriculum and staff in the Department of Mass Communications at Clark-Atlanta University; and he has lectured on ethics and technology at the Georgia Institute of Technology; and nanotechnology in the environment, and racism in the media at the University of California, Santa Barbara;.

In public affairs, he was responsible for managing millions of dollars in health and environmental grant programs globally for Exxon Corp. That included development of the global Save the Tiger program; the Center for the Study of Human Factors in Complex Systems at the University of Wisconsin; and the Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Climate Change at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He is the author of “Martin Luther King, Jr…to the Mountaintop,” Doubleday, 1985; and co-author of “Feats and Wisdom of the Ancients,” Time-Life Books, 1989; “Engineering 101: A Text Manual,” Hampton University College of Science and Engineering, 1997; and the extended essay “African Americans and the Technological Society,” Microsoft Encarta Africana, 1999.

He is a founder of the Association of Black Journalists, which grew into the present National Association of Black Journalists; and a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists, the International Motor Press Association, and the Automotive Press Association.

Entries by Roger Witherspoon

The Evolution of Rep. Leonard Lance: Environmentalist to Climate Change Denier

(12) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 6:58 AM


To environmental activists, their dramatically changing relationship with Congressman Leonard Lance (R-N.J.) is baffling.

"He started out with a 71% rating in 2009," said Alex Taurel, Deputy Legislative Director of the League of Conservation Voters. "Now it's 21%....

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Nuke Plant Facing Shutdown to Protect Fish

(2) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 8:22 AM

New York State is prepared to close 40 years of intermittent and costly legal wrangling over the annual destruction of billions of fish by the twin Indian Point nuclear power plants in the productive Hudson River estuary if the plant agrees to shut down during peak spawning and hatching seasons...

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Wide Gulf and Angry Words in Indian Point Labor Talks

(1) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 7:41 AM


Rye, N.Y. - Two days of contract talks with federal mediators ended Thursday night with angry union negotiators and no deal in sight on the last day of the contract between Entergy Nuclear and nearly 400 workers at the Indian Point power plant....

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Strike Threat Looms at Indian Point Nuke Plant

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 7:48 AM


Representatives of Entergy Nuclear and the union representing control room operators and other technical workers are preparing for around the clock bargaining sessions beginning Wednesday to avoid a strike at the two Indian Point nuclear plants on the banks of the...

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Chris Christie's Pity Party

(2) Comments | Posted January 10, 2014 | 1:05 PM

"I'm Stunned."

"I'm Incredulous."

"I'm a sad guy."

"I'm humiliated."

"What did I do wrong to have people think they could lie to me?"

With that Chris Christie -- who prefers everyone to genuflect and call him THE GOVERNOR -- stood alone on a podium and did...

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NRC Probes Indian Point Security Lapses

(16) Comments | Posted December 3, 2013 | 11:22 AM


The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is investigating possibly major lapses in security at the Indian Point nuclear power plants, including the prospect that criminal elements are using parts of the plants' drills for their own training.

Records show that for more than a decade,...

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Former NRC Chair: Emergency Plans Won't Protect Residents from Radiation

(30) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 3:29 PM


The former head of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said yesterday that emergency plans for a catastrophic event at the Indian Point nuclear power plant are not designed to ensure that residents will escape unhealthy doses of radiation and it would be best if the...

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Nuke Plant to Run on Expired Operating License

(31) Comments | Posted August 27, 2013 | 12:56 PM


Federal regulators have granted a special exemption to the Indian Point 2 nuclear power plant in New York, allowing it to become the first in the nation to generate electricity with an expired operating license.

The action by...

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Attorneys General Fight for Public Access in Nuclear Issues

(42) Comments | Posted August 2, 2013 | 4:02 PM


The Attorneys General of New York and Vermont have joined the fight against California's San Onofre nuclear power plant in an effort to stop federal regulators from erasing all record of a judicial ruling that the public has a right to...

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Daddy and Me, Trayvon and 'The Talk'

(53) Comments | Posted August 2, 2013 | 11:18 AM

I'd never seen Mom cry before.

Daddy had said "go over to the chair. We have to talk." And I wondered what I'd done wrong. This wasn't going to be one of our daily talks, the highlight of a six-year-old's day when Dad would sit in the big armchair, hoist...

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A Lasting Legacy of the Fukushima Rescue Mission, Part 4: Living With the Aftermath

(1) Comments | Posted March 18, 2013 | 11:09 AM

The large black sailor was naked in the middle of a roped-off area below decks, and he was none too happy.

"He kept saying 'Not my boots, too. My wife just bought them for me.' But they made him take them off anyway, and he was just there, naked. Then...

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A Lasting Legacy of the Fukushima Rescue Mission, Part 3: Cat and Mouse with a Nuclear Ghost

(42) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 9:34 AM

For several days, the winds from the destroyed nuclear reactors at Fukushima Daiichi crashed head on into the myth of the radioactive plume.

It is the most enduring falsehood of commercial nuclear power, promoted heavily by both the industry and its watchdog, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. It is a myth...

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A Lasting Legacy of the Fukushima Rescue Mission: The Navy Life -- Into the Abyss

(63) Comments | Posted February 12, 2013 | 2:33 PM

To the U.S. government, Operation Tomodachi was just another big humanitarian aid and rescue mission in which the nearest Navy fleet and many land-based personnel rushed to the aid of an ally in need. In this case, the northeast coast of Japan had been flattened by a massive earthquake and...

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