Roger Wood Named Associate Publisher on Anniversary of 1st InDepthNH.org Podcast

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Roger Wood is pictured in his home studio in Portsmouth

By Nancy West, publisher
InDepthNH.org

132. I just counted them. During his first year at the New Hampshire Center for Public Interest Journalism, Roger Wood has recorded 132 podcasts for our nonprofit news outlet InDepthNH.org.

Known as the Man with the Golden Voice, Roger’s award-winning career has spanned more than 30 years in radio, print and television.

While counting just now, I am taken aback by the range of stories he has shared with

Roger Wood is pictured at NASA in 1986

Roger Wood is pictured at NASA in 1986

InDepthNH.org readers and listeners from one about how New Hampshire kept its cherished first-in-the-nation primary to the Stratham SPCA’s Case of the 45 Cockatiels to political conventions and the Northern Pass project.

One of my favorites is the heart-felt series he produced for the 30th anniversary of the space Shuttle Challenger, including his original reporting from Cape Canaveral on the explosion that claimed the life of Concord’s beloved teacher-in-space Christa McAuliffe and a never-before published account that he wrote in its aftermath.

I first met Roger soon after the Challenger disaster when we were both covering a practice flight of the Blue Angels. Although I knew and admired him for his work ever since, we didn’t stay in touch. For some reason, I reached out to him just over a year ago to tell him about InDepthNH.org and to see if he wanted to come aboard.

He did come aboard and has been a determined friend and partner in getting InDepthNH.org off the ground and making sure every day that we do not stray from our mission to inform New Hampshire,  hold government accountable and give voice to marginalized people, places and ideas.

We talk pretty much every day so you see Roger’s fine hand in everything we do here at InDepthNH.org. He was there, of course, to celebrate and produce a podcast when New Hampshire Magazine named InDepthNH.org the bestof

Besides producing podcasts and videos, Roger has taken the lead in finding underwriters and sponsors who want to finance independent, unbiased news in New Hampshire. He recruited Northeast Delta Dental to become our first corporate sponsor. He takes the lead in our campaign to raise $100,000 by year’s end through tax-deductible ads, underwriting, sponsorships, donations, and volunteers willing to help us a few hours a week to meet that goal.

While busy helping to steer this ship, Roger has also written and published his first novel

Lawson Found by Roger Wood

Lawson Found by Roger Wood

“Lawson Found,” writes a blog about the main character Derek Lawson (aka Roger Wood), narrates books, and is already working on his second novel.

Today is the anniversary of his first podcast, although he started working with us well before that. Here he talks with Bill Boynton at the Department of Transportation about aging transponders.

Roger followed up the very next day on a tragic note reporting on a New Hampshire memorial for 9/11.

Roger Wood

Roger Wood

It’s time to make it official.  Roger Wood has been named Associate Publisher of InDepthNH.org.

Thanks for your friendship and everything you do for me and InDepthNH.org, Roger.

Nancy West, publisher

 

 

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