12 July 2006

William V. Madison

Publication credits, professional history, and education



With Dan Rather (as uncredited collaborator/contributor)
  • The Camera Never Blinks Twice, 1994
  • Mark Sullivan’s Our Times, 1996
  • Deadlines & Datelines, 1999, a New York Times nonfiction best-seller (sole author of roughly half the essays included)
  • Introductions to several books, including From Slave to Statesman (Patricia Smith Prather), Holy War, Unholy Victory (Kurt Lohbeck), new edition of Due to Circumstances Beyond Our Control (Fred Friendly)
Two novels, The Dark Is My Delight and The Air of Truth (both pending sale), represented by Rob McQuilkin at Lipincott Massie McQuilkin, New York


For Opera News

  • “Reunion” profile of veteran baritone Gabriel Bacquier in Corsica
  • David Gockley interview, in connection with the fiftieth anniversary of Houston Grand Opera
  • Mark Adamo interview, in connection with his opera Little Women
  • Preview of Tobias Picker’s opera Thérèse Raquin at Dallas Opera
  • “Notes from the Road,” occasional series of interviews with artists regarding their favorite cities: Dolora Zajick, mezzo-soprano (Barcelona); Barbara Bonney, soprano (Salzburg); Carol Vaness, soprano (Paris); Thomas Allen (Prague); Andreas Scholl, countertenor (New York)
  • Season previews for 2001–02, 2002–03, including interviews with Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano; Renée Fleming, soprano; Rachel Portman, composer; many others
  • Ten-page “European Summer Festival Roundup,” 2002, 20003
  • Humor pieces: “Lettera da Ronkonkoma,” “Welcome to Opera World,” “Opera Aptitude Test” (Dec. 2005) “Mainly on the Train” (May 2006)
  • “Sound Bites,” short interview/profiles of young singers, including Juan Diego Flórez, Gordon Gietz, Shawn Mathey, tenors; Ana Maria Martinez, Jennifer Aylmer, sopranos; Christopher Schaldenbrand, baritone
  • News features, including “Russian Dressing,” regarding costuming for the Met’s War and Peace
  • Dozens of reviews of performances, books and recordings
For Opera Cues, Houston Grand Opera
  • Preview of a special, multi-disciplinary Romeo and Juliet event
  • Preview of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette
  • Preview of Adamo’s Lysistrata
  • Interview with Béatrice Uria-Monzon, mezzo-soprano, regarding Carmen
For Playbill, Houston Grand Opera
  • Interview with Michael Kahn, stage director, regarding Lysistrata
  • Interview with Samuel Ramey, bass, regarding Boris Godunov
  • Preview of 2006–07 season
  • “Dreams Come True,” survey of fairy tales in opera
For the Kurt Weill Newsletter, New York
Contributor since 1984; citing here only the most recent work
  • Reviews of Here Lies Jenny (Off-Broadway, 2004), Les sept péchés capitaux (Paris, 2005), Threepenny Opera (Broadway, 2006); Weill Festival in Lyon, France (2006).
With Dan Rather (as uncredited collaborator)
  • Articles for the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Rolling Stone, American Heritage, TV Guide, many others
  • “Dan Rather Reporting,” weekly newspaper column distributed by King Features

CBS News
  • “Dan Rather Reporting,” daily radio broadcast. Principal contributing writer, 1989–99
  • Special Events coverage for television and radio, 1991–1999, including Election Nights 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998; Republican and Democrat Conventions, 1992, 1996; funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales (1997); first anniversary of Oklahoma City bombing (1995); Columbine High School shootings, Denver, CO (1999)
  • Documentaries, including Fiftieth Anniversaries of V-E and V-J Days (with Norman Schwarzkopf); interview/profile of Fidel Castro (1996)
ABC News
  • New Year’s Eve, 1999; correspondent Connie Chung, Las Vegas, NV
  • Office Manager/Assistant, Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, New York, 1984-86
  • Production Assistant, Broadway musical Rags, Rehearsals and Boston tryout through New York closing, 1986
  • Office Manager, Home Video Division, Esquire Magazine, New York, 1986-87
  • Secretary, Rather Office, CBS News, New York, 1987-88
  • Personal Assistant, Soprano Teresa Stratas, various times, 1989-91
  • Writer, Dan Rather Reporting, CBS Radio News, New York, 1989-1999
  • Speechwriter and Special Assistant, Rather Office, CBS News, New York, 1991-99
  • Producer, Dan Rather Reporting, CBS Radio News, New York, 1998-99
  • Producer, CBS News, New York, 1998-99
  • Freelance Associate Producer, Special Events, ABC News, New York, 1999
  • Freelance Assistant, ABC News Website, New York, 2000
  • Associate Editor, Opera News, New York, 2000-03


Master of Fine Arts, Columbia University, New York, 1991
  • Degree in Creative Writing
  • Graduate teaching assistant, Logic & Rhetoric (Freshman composition), Department of English, 1990-91
  • Other fields of study included English literature and German language.
Bachelor of Arts, Brown University, Rhode Island, 1983
  • Degree with honors in English and American Literature
  • Senior thesis received the Feldman Prize for fiction.
  • Other fields of study included small-business management, theater, Renaissance studies, and studio art

Read more!