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Selected Articles and Academic Writing About Nicholas Johnson


Aaron Barnhart, "From FCC bad boy to Citizen Nick," Electronic Media, May 24, 1999, pp. 12, 16.

Current Biography Yearbook (1968), Charles Moritz, pp. 203-05.

Christopher Bunce, "Professor Nick Johnson," ABA Journal e Report, vol. 4, issue 21, May 27, 2005 (An ABA 2005 Ross Essay Contest entry).

Jennifer Fish, "Telling Tales in School," in Judy Polumbaum, Live Words on Deadline (University of Iowa, Spring 2004), pp. 12-14.

James M. Graham, Victor Horsley Kramer, "Appointments to the Regulatory Agencies; The Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission" (1949-1974)," U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, U.S. Government Printing Office, 1976, (pages xii, xvi, 254 (2), 255 (6), 256, 257 (4), 258 (3), 260 (1), 278, 282, 283, 287, 288, 293, 329, 359, 362, 396, 398, 414)

John Greenya, "Where Are They Now?" The Washington Lawyer, May/June 1999, pp. 6-7.

Max V. Grubb, "Nicholas Johnson: The Public's Defender on the Federal Communications Commission, 1966-1973," a paper presented to the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Radio-Television Journalism Division, August 1996.

Lee Hermiston, "UI professor of law named one of most influential in legal history; Local included on list with heavy-hitters," Iowa City Press-Citizen, September 4, 2009.

Howard Junker, "The Greening of Nicholas Johnson," Rolling Stone, April 1, 1971, pp. 32-39.

Kenneth L. Kolson, "Broadcasting in the Public Interest: The Legacy of Federal Communications Commissioner Nicholas Johnson," 30 Administrative Law Review 133-165 (Winter 1978).

Lawrence Leamer, "The Sunset Ride of a TV Reformer: Nicholas Johnson's Career as a Flower in The Petrified Forest,"Harper's Magazine, December 1973, pp. 22-32

Dennis Lebec, "Nicholas Johnson: Maverick FCC Commissioner, 1966-1973," a second-place-winning paper presented at the National Broadcasting Society Convention paper competition, New Jersey Meadowlands, March 1999.

"Top of the Lists: Four Wanted Men," Newsweek, August 31, 1970, p. 70.

Shuva Rahim, "Johnson Speaks His Mind for the People," Iowa City Press-Citizen, April 30, 1999, p. 1A.

Tom Snee, "Law Professor Named One of Most Influential People in American History," University of Iowa News Service Release, September 3, 2009.

Danny Valentine, "Spotlight: An Interest in Everything," The Daily Iowan, September 28, 2009, p. A6.

Leonard Zeindenberg, "Retrospective: Seven Years And Five Months: A Look Back at The Tenure of Nick Johnson," Broadcasting, December 10, 1973, p. 20.


Theses and Dissertations

Beth Fratkin, NCCB: A Forgotten Chapter of the Media Reform Movement of the 1960s and 1970s, University of Utah, Master of Science Thesis, 2002.

Karen Beth Possner, An historical analysis of the ABC-ITT merger proceeding before the Federal Communications Commission, 1966-1967, University of Iowa, Doctoral Dissertation, 1975, 164 pp. (two excerpts: contents and pp. 61-70, and pp. 71-84).

Daniel Lowell Sutton, A Description of the Philosophies of Communications Regulation of FCC Commissioner Nicholas Johnson, University of Southern California, Masters Thesis, 239 pp., 1976, (full text available via ProQuest Dissertations Publishing, 1976/: ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global, which requires membership/access). See table of contents HERE.

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