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JOHNSON. NICHOLAS, writer, lawyer, lecturer; b. Iowa City, Sept. 23, 1934; s. Wendell A.L. and Edna (Bockwoldt) J.; m. Karen Mary Chapman, 1952 (div. 1972); children: Julie, Sherman, Gregory, Alexander; m. Mary Eleanor Vasey, 1991.

B.A., U. Tex., 1956, LL.B., 1958; L.H.D., Windham Coll., 1971. Bar: Tex. 1958, D.C. 1963, U.S. Supreme Ct. 1963, Iowa 1974; lic. radio amateur.

Law clk. to judge John R. Brown, U.S. 5th Circuit Ct. Appeals, 1958-59; law clk. to U.S. Supreme Ct. Justice Hugo L. Black, 1959-60; acting assoc. prof. law U. Calif. at Berkeley, 1960-63; assoc. Covington & Burling, Washington, 1963-64; adminstr. Maritime Adminstrn., chmn. Maritime Subsidy Bd. U.S. Dept. Commerce, 1964-66; commr. FCC, 1966-73;

adj. prof. law Georgetown U., 1971-73; Poynter fellow Yale U., 1971; vis. prof. U. Ill., Champaign-Urbana, 1976, U. Okla., Norman, 1978, Ill. State U., Normal, 1979, U. Wis., Madison, 1980, Newhouse Sch., Syracuse U., 1980, U. Iowa Coll. Law, 1981-; vis. prof. dept. communications studies U. Iowa, 1982-85; vis. prof. Western Behavioral Scis. Inst., U. Calif., San Diego, 1986-91. Vis. prof. Calif. State U., Los Angeles, 1986; New Sch. Soc. Research ConnectEd, 1990, U. Iowa dept. theater arts, 1999; regents prof. U. Calif., San Diego, 2000; co-dir. U. Iowa Inst. for Health, Behavior and Environ. Policy, 1990-93;

chmn., dir. Nat. Citizens Comm. Lobby, 1975--, Nat. Citizens Com. for Broadcasting, 1974-78; pub. access, 1975-77; commentator Nat. Pub. Radio, 1975-77, 83-86, Sta. WRC-AM, Washington, 1977, Sta. WSUI, Iowa City, 1982-87; presdl. advisor White House Conf. on Libraries and Info. Services, 1979; exec. com. World Acad. Art and Sci., 1993-97.

Author: Cases and Materials on Oil and Gas Law, 1962, How to Talk Back to Your Television Set, 1970, Japanese transl., 1971, Life Before Death in the Corporate State. 1971, Test Pattern for Living, 1972, Broadcasting in America, 1973, Cases and Materials on Communications Law and Policy, 1981, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, Readings for Law of Electronic Media, 1993-94, (with David Loundy) Law of Electronic Media in a Cyberspace Age, 1996;

syndicated columnist: Gannett News Service, 1982-84, Register and Tribune Syndicate, 1984, Cow1es Syndicate, 1985-86, King Features Syndicate, 1986, Iowa City Press-Citizen, 1998-2001; contbr. to legal, gen., internal. publs.;

contbg. editor, host PBS The New Tech Times, 1983-84.

Dem. candidate for U.S. Ho. of Reps. from 3d Iowa Dist., 1974;

bd. dirs. Ctr. fro Study Commercialism, 1991-96, Citizens Ind. Pub. Broadcasting, 1999-2002, Common Cause, 1990-96, Internat. Soc. Gen. Semantics, 1960-2000, Iowa City Cmty. Sch. Dist., 1998-2001, Virtual Classroom Project, 1990-91, Vols. in Tech. Assistance, 1994-2000; mem. adv. bd. Ctr. for Media Edn., 1993-, Cultural Environ. Movement, 1992-, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, 1996-, Open Society Inst. Media Group, 1999-2000, Project Censored, 1976-, U. Iowa Info. Arcade, 1991-92, War and Peace Found., 1988-,  Working Assets Long Distance, 1992-96;

mem. Broadband and Telecom. Commn., Iowa City, 1981-87.

Named One of 10 Outstanding Young Men in U.S., U.S. Jaycees, 1967, recipient New Republic Pub. Defender award, 1970, Civil Liberties Award Ga. ACLU, 1972, DeWitt Carter Reddick award U. Tex., 1977, George Stoney award Nat. Fedn. Local Cable Programmers, 1987; fellow World Acad. Art and Sci., 1991- .

Mem. D.C., Iowa Bar Assn. (Citizenship award 1951), State Bar Tex., Golden Key, Order of Colf, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Delta Phi, Phi Eta Sigma, Pi Sigma Alpha. Democrat. Unitarian. Home and office: PO Box 1876 Iowa City IA 52244-1876 Office Phone: 319-337-5555 E-mail njohnson [at] inav.net


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