::Dennis Rogers Leaves N&O Newspaper
By Elliott West, Raleigh Chronicle News Editor
Thursday June 7, 2007
RALEIGH - One of the most well-known and well-respected newspaper journalists in the Triangle has retired from the business.
Raleigh News & Observer columnist Dennis Rogers had served at the newspaper for 31 years, making him the longest columnist at the paper and one of the longest-running columnists in the state.
According to an article in the News & Observer, Rogers is retiring this month and will tour the country in a recreational vehicle with his wife after selling their house.
Since Rogers had been writing for the paper since 1976, many readers had seen Rogers as an icon at the venerable newspaper and some have described him as the "soul" of the News & Observer.
Rogers was noted for being able to include wit and humor in his columns while still being able to make poignant commentary about Triangle and North Carolina topics.
"He never hit readers over the head with his commentary and as a result, with his subtle story telling, he was a lot more persuasive," commented Raleigh Chronicle news editor Elliott West. "As an icon in the North Carolina news industry, he will be sorely missed and we look up to him here at the Chronicle."
Long time readers followed Rogers as he went through bearded and clean shaven stages as well as his long running commentaries on such uniquely North Carolina topics such as barbeque.
With his years of experience, he was able to bridge the past and present and was seen as a reliable standby, even as Raleigh rapidly changed due to growth.
Rogers' last few columns highlighted the sacrifices made by North Carolina military families both at home and abroad and he was quoted in the News & Observer as saying he was very proud of the series.
EDITOR'S NOTE: To read Dennis Rogers' archived columns at the News & Observer,
click here. ::