FORA.tv Speaker - David Rodgers
David Rogers broke into newspapers in New Jersey in the late 60â€™s with the Perth Amboy Evening News and picked up there again after being drafted and sent to Vietnam, where he served as a combat infantry medic with the First Division. He went back to school in 1971-73 after which he was signed by the Boston Globe where he covered Bostonâ€™s neighborhoods, school desegregation, and ultimately City Hall. The Globe sent him to Washington in late 1979, and Congress has been his chief focus since. The Wall Street Journal picked him up four years later in 1983 and he remained for 24 years before being bought out in December with the Murdoch takeover. He joined Politico in January.
Much of Rogersâ€™ early education in Congress came from the Massachusetts delegation which then included Speaker Thomas â€œTipâ€ Oâ€™Neill as well as senior members of the House Appropriations Committee, who encouraged him to cover that panel when few other reporters did on a regular basis. His Vietnam experience fed an interest as well in the covert wars of the 1980â€™s, and his reporting disclosed the US mining of the Nicaraguan harbors as well as earned him a footnote â€“though not a movie partâ€”in Charlie Wilsonâ€™s War.
08.25.08 | 01:06:18 min
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