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Nicholas Johnson, American writer, lawyer, educator. Bar: Texas 1958, District of Columbia 1963, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1963, Iowa 1974; licensed radio amateur.


Johnson, Nicholas was born on September 23, 1934 in Iowa City. Son of Wendell A.L. and Edna (Bockwoldt) Johnson.


Bachelor of Arts, University Texas, 1956;Bachelor of Laws, University Texas, 1958;Doctor of Humane Letters, Windham College, 1971.


Law clerk to judge John R. Brown, United States 5th Circuit Court Appeals, 1958-1959. Law clerk to Supreme Court of the United States Court Justice Hugo L. Black, 1959-1960. Acting associate professor law University California at Berkeley, 1960-1963.

Associate Covington & Burling, Washington, 1963-1964. Administrator Maritime Administration, chairman Maritime Subsidy Board United States Department Commerce, 1964-1966. Commissioner Federal Communications Commission, 1966-1973.

Adjunct professor law Georgetown University, 1971-1973. Poynter fellow Yale University, 1971. Visiting professor University Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, 1976, University Oklahoma, Norman, 1978, Illinois State University, Normal, 1979, University Wisconsin, Madison, 1980, Newhouse School, Syracuse University, 1980, University Iowa College Law, since 1981.

Visiting professor department communications studies University Iowa, 1982-1985. Visiting professor Western Behavioral Sciences Institute, University California, San Diego, 1986-1991. Visiting professor California State University, Los Angeles, 1986, New School Society Resource ConnectEd, 1990, University Iowa department theater arts, 1999.

Regents professor University California, San Diego, 2000. Co-director University Iowa Institute for Health, Behavior and Environmental Policy, 1990-1993. Chairman, director National Citizens Communications Lobby, since 1975, National Citizens Committee for Broadcasting, 1974-1978.

Public access, 1975-1977. Commentator National Public Radio, 1975-1977, 83-86, Station WRC-AM, Washington, 1977, Station WSUI, Iowa City, 1982-1987. Presidential advisor White House Conference on Libraries and Information Services, 1979.

Executive committee World Academy Art and Science, 1993-1997.


  • Bar: Texas 1958, District of Columbia 1963, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1963, Iowa 1974. Licensed radio amateur.



Democratic candidate for United States House of Representatives from 3d Iowa District, 1974. Board directors Center for Study Commercialism, 1991-1996, Citizens Indiana Public Broadcasting, 1999-2002, Common Cause, 1990-1996, International Society General Semantics, 1960-2000, Iowa City Community School District, 1998-2001, Virtual Classroom Project, 1990-1991, Volunteer in Technology Assistance, 1994-2000. Member advisory board Center Media Education, since 1993, Cultural Environmental, Movement, since 1992, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, since 1996, Institute Public Accuracy, since 1997, Open Society Institute Media Group, 1999-2000, Project Censored, since 1976, University Iowa Information Arcade, 1991-1992, War and Peace Foundation, since 1988, Working Assets Long Distance, 1992-1996.

Member Broadband and Telecommunications Commission, Iowa City, 1981-1987. Member District of Columbia, Iowa Bar Association (Citizenship award 1951), State Bar Texas, Golden Key, Order of Coif, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Delta Phi, Phi Eta Sigma, Pi Sigma Alpha.


Married Karen Mary Chapman, 1952 (divorced 1972). Children: Julie, Sherman, Gregory, Alexander. Married Mary Eleanor Vasey, 1991.

Wendell A.L. Johnson

Edna (Bockwoldt) Johnson

Karen Mary Chapman

Mary Eleanor Vasey

Julie Johnson

Sherman Johnson

Gregory Johnson

Alexander Johnson