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Nicholas Johnson's entry in Who's Who in America first appeared in the 1968-69 edition (volume 35). The following is copyright, 2015, by Marquis Who's Who, 430 Mountain Avenue, Suite 400, New Providence, NJ 07974. It is the entry prepared by Marquis' editors as the current Who's Who in America entry for Nicholas Johnson included in the 70th edition (2016). The punctuation and abreviations below are the format used by the Who's Who in America editors, whose hard copy formatting does not provide paragraph breaks. The spacing below, with a rough relationship to content, is designed to make the entry easier to read. Information about Who's Who in America can be found at the Web site for Marquis Who's Who.  -- N.J., May 23, 2015

JOHNSON. NICHOLAS, writer, lawyer, educator; b. Iowa City, Sept. 23, 1934; s. Wendell A.L. and Edna (Bockwoldt) Johnson; 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, mem. telecom sector com. Planning Task Force, Iowa Dept. Econ. Devel., 2010.

Author: Cases and Materials on Oil and Gas Law, 1962, How to Talk Back to Your Television Set, 1970, 2013, Japanese transl., 1971, Life Before Death in the Corporate State, 1971, Test Pattern for Living, 1972, 2013, 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, Your Second Priority: A Former FCC Commissioner Speaks Out, 2007, Are We There Yet? Reflections on Politics in America, 2008, Virtualosity: Eight Students in Search of Cyberlaw, 2009, What Do You Mean and How Do You Know? An Antidote for the Language That Does Our Thinking for Us, 2009, Predicting Our Future Cyberlife, 2012, From D.C. to Iowa: 2012, 2012;

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., internat. 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. for 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, Vol. in Tech. Assistance, 1994-2000; mem. adv. bd. Ctr. for Media Edn., 1993-, Cultural Environ. Movement, 1992-, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, 1996-, Inst. Public Accuracy, 1997-, Open Soc. 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- ; Yale Biographical Dictionary of Am. Law, 700 Leading Figures Am. Law, 2009.

Mem. State Bar Tex., D.C. Bar, Iowa State Bar Assn. (Citizenship award 1951), Golden Key, Order of Colf, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Delta Phi, Phi Eta Sigma, Pi Sigma Alpha. Democrat. Unitarian Universalist.

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