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Harvey Wasserman


Harvey Wasserman

Harvey Franklin Wasserman (born December 31, 1945) is an American journalist, author, democracy activist, and advocate for anti-nuclear movement in the United States for over 30 years. He has been a featured speaker on Today, Nightline, National Public Radio, CNN Lou Dobbs Tonight and other major media outlets. Wasserman is senior advisor to Greenpeace USA and the Nuclear Information and Resource Service,[1] an investigative reporter, and senior editor of The Columbus Free Press where his coverage, with Bob Fitrakis, has prompted Rev. Jesse Jackson to call them "the Woodward and Bernstein of the 2004 election."[2] He lives with his family in the Columbus, Ohio, area.

Anti-nuclear work

In 1973 he helped pioneer the global grassroots movement against atomic reactors, and helped coin the phrase "No Nukes" in 1974.[3] He was a media spokesperson for the Madison Square Garden in 1979 shortly after the Three Mile Island accident, including New York City's 1979 "No Nukes" concerts and rally (featuring Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, CSN, James Taylor and others).[5]


Wasserman received a Bachelor of Arts in American History from the University of Michigan in 1967, where he was a member of both the Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi academic honor societies. He also earned a Public Teaching Certificate from New York University in 1968, and then a Master of Arts in American History from the University of Chicago in 1974.[6]

Public appearances

On behalf of Greenpeace USA, Wasserman addressed 350,000 concert-goers at the Woodstock 1994 Festival. He has been a frequent speaker at both the Starwood Festival and the WinterStar Symposium (a Starwood interview is documented in the book People of the Earth by Ellen Evert Hopman).[7] According to records from the Greater Talent Network (NY), he has addressed several score campus audiences since 1982 on issues of energy, the environment, politics and history.

Wasserman has been an adjunct instructor of history at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, and is currently on staff in Ohio at Columbus State Community College and Capital University. Based in Ohio, Wasserman works to replace the Perry and Davis-Besse nuclear power plants with renewables and efficiency, and has helped his friends shut a trash-burning power plant, a proposed radioactive waste dump, the two Zimmer and Perry nukes, a refuge-threatening housing development and a McDonald's restaurant. He currently works through Farmers Green Power in Ohio and elsewhere to promote farmer/community-owned wind power and other renewables.[8]

Written works

Wasserman's articles have appeared in the New York Times,[9] the Huffington Post,[10] and other newspapers and magazines.

His first book, Harvey Wasserman's History of the United States, was first published by Harper & Row (NY) in 1972 (introduced by Howard Zinn), with approximate sales of 30,000 copies. (The book has been republished by Four Walls, Eight Windows (NY).)[11]

In the book Killing Our Own: The Disaster of America’s Experience with Atomic Radiation, Wasserman relates stories about people and animals living near nuclear weapons facilities, mining and waste storage sites, uranium processing plants, and nuclear power reactors. For example, farmers in central Pennsylvania whom he spoke to reported abnormalities in their animals in the wake of the Three Mile Island accident in 1979. Farmers living near the Rocky Flats plutonium factory in Colorado, and near the West Valley Reprocessing Plant in upstate New York, have also complained of defects and illnesses among their animals.[12]


  1. ^ Mother Earth can't live without a Solartopian vision
  2. ^ How The GOP Stole Election 2004 & Is Rigging 2008
  3. ^ Free Press bio
  4. ^ Bios of Harvey Wasserman & Bob Fitrakis in Free Press
  5. ^ by Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Graham Nash & Harvey Wasserman: Special to CNN in Planet in Peril/ (October 12, 2007)Commentary: Stealth Nuke Effort Should be Stopped
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ Bond, Lawrence & Ellen Evert Hopman (1996) People of the Earth: The New Pagans Speak Out (reissued as Being a Pagan: Druids, Wiccans & Witches Today in 2002 Destiny Books ISBN 0-89281-904-9) Harvey Wasserman Interview
  8. ^ Harvey Wasserman Biography
  9. ^ Harvey Wasserman op-eds in the New York Times
  10. ^ [2]
  11. ^ Harvey Wasserman's History of the United States
  12. ^ Killing Our Own: The Disaster of America’s Experience with Atomic Radiation pp. 7-8.


  • Harvey Wasserman's History of the United States (1972) Harper & Row, ISBN 0060902698
  • The Energy War: Reports From the Front (1979), Independent Publishers Group ISBN 0-88208-106-3
  • Killing our Own: the Disaster of America's Experience with Atomic Radiation (PDF) (with Norman Solomon, Robert Alvarez and Elenaor Walters) (1982), Delacorte Press ISBN 0-385-28537-X
  • America Born & Reborn: The Cycles of U.S. History (1983), Collier Books ISBN 0020381107
  • The Last Energy War: the Battle over Utility Deregulation (2000), Open Media ISBN 1-58322-017-8
  • Harvesting Wind Energy as a Cash Crop: a Guide to Local-Owned Wind Power (with Dan Juhl) (2002),
  • George W. Bush vs. The Superpower of Peace (with Bob Fitrakis) (2003), Columbus Alive ISBN 0-9710438-4-1
  • Harvey Wasserman's History of the United States (2004) ISBN 0-9753402-0-4
  • A Glimpse of the Big Light: Losing Parents, Finding Spirit (2005), ISBN 0-9753402-2-0
  • How the GOP Stole America's 2004 Election and is Rigging 2008 (with Bob Fitrakis) (2005), ISBN 0-9753402-8-X
  • Solartopia!: Our Green-Powered Earth AD 2030 (2006) ISBN 0-9753402-4-7

External links

  • Harvey Wasserman official site
  • Solartopia site
  • Free Press Website
  • Cracking the Media Silence on Three Mile Island
  • Harvey Wasserman on Rag Radio, interviewed by Thorne Dreyer, December 10, 2010 (58:10)
  • Democracy Now!Harvey Wasserman interview on , December 17, 2007
  • Democracy Now!Harvey Wasserman interview about nuclear energy on , February 18, 2010

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