HARVEY WASSERMAN is author or co-author of a dozen books including SOLARTOPIA! Our Green-Powered Earth, A.D. 2030; Harvey Wasserman’s History of the U.S.; and, A Glimpse of the Big Light: Losing Parents, Finding Spirit.
With Bob Fitrakis, Harvey helped break many of the major stories surrounding the theft of the 2004 presidential election in Ohio. Their investigative reporting at www.freepress.org prompted Rev. Jesse Jackson to call them “the Woodward and Bernstein of the 2004 election.” Their books include How the GOP Stole America’s 2004 Election & Is Rigging 2008, and What Happened in Ohio?, co-authored with Steve Rosenfeld, from the New Press.
Harvey has been a radio talk host at WTVN in Columbus, and with Bob Fitrakis at RadioFreePress.org. His widespread appearances throughout the major media and at campus and citizen gatherings have focussed since the 1960s on energy, environment, peace, justice, U.S. history and election protection. In 1994 he spoke to 250,000 semi-conscious rock fans at Woodstock II.
With Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Graham Nash and others, Harvey helped found NukeFree.org, which helped stop a $50 billion federal loan guarantee program proposed by the US reactor industry in fall, 2007. He edits the NukeFree.org web site, and is senior editor of www.freepress.org. His articles are posted throughout the internet at www.commondreams.org, HuffingtonPost, Buzzflash, CounterPunch et. al.
Harvey teaches US history, western civilization and cultural diversity at Columbus State Community College and Capital University in central Ohio. He holds an MA in US history from the University of Chicago and a BA from the University of Michigan.
With wind pioneer Dan Juhl, Harvey co-authored Harvesting Wind Energy as a Cash Crop: A Guide to Community-Owned Wind Farming (www.danmar.us). His Farmers Green Power promotes the model of community-based renewables.
In 1968 Harvey helped found the legendary anti-war Liberation News Service, and the communal/organic Montague (Massachusetts) Farm, now home to the Zen Peacemaker Community, International.
In 1973 he helped pioneer the global grassroots movement against atomic reactors, then helped organize mass demonstrations at Seabrook, N.H., and New York City’s 1979 “No Nukes” concerts and rally, featuring Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, CSN, James Taylor and others.
Harvey co-founded the Great Blue Heron Alliance, which saved 240 acres of land for a wildlife refuge in central Ohio, and numerous other grassroots organizations which, among other things, forced shut a trash-burning power plant, stopped a regional radioactive waste dump in Ohio, shut a McDonald’s, and saved the city of Bexley’s Jeffrey Park.
Harvey is married with five daughters, two grandchildren and two grand nieces.