John Rothmann

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This article is about the talk show host. For the actor, see John Rothman.

John Rothmann is a radio talk show host, and chief political analyst and fill in host at KKSF AM 910 in San Francisco.[1]

According to his biography posted by KGO 810 AM, Rothmann is a frequent lecturer on American politics and the Presidency, and has spoken at over 150 campuses throughout the United States, Canada, and Israel. He has been involved in many political campaigns on the national, state, and local levels, including Richard Nixon's in 1968. Rothmann has also published a wide range of articles on American political history, the Middle East, and education. John's personal love is his 15,000-volume library - one of the finest private libraries in the country - specializing in American political history and political biographies.

Rothmann is co-author of the book Icon of Evil, released on June 24, 2008.

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John F. Rothmann is a radio talk show host, author, and political and foreign policy consultant specializing in the United States, the Middle East and the former Soviet Union. Rothmann was a talk show host on the ABC affiliated KGO Newstalk 810 AM in San Francisco from 1996 to 2011. He can be heard filling in on KKSF 910 AM, a Clear Channel station in San Francisco. He has been involved in a broad variety of political campaigns on the national, state and local levels. He worked on the 1968 campaign staff of Richard Nixon and on the 1976 California Democratic Campaign of Senator Frank Church. He served as Chief of Staff to Senator Milton Marks and as Field Representative for Senator Quentin Kopp, both of San Francisco. In 1982 he was one of the founders and served as the first President of the Raoul Wallenberg Jewish Democratic Club. In 1993 Rothmann was elected as the President of the Laurel Heights Improvement Association, and continues to serve in that position.

A frequent lecturer on American politics and the Presidency, Rothmann has been called by Richard Norton Smith in his book Thomas E. Dewey and His Times (Simon & Schuster, 1982), “a scholar of modern Republicanism.” Historian Roger Morris in his biography entitled, Richard Milhous Nixon-The Rise of An American Politician (Henry Holt, 1990) acknowledged Rothmann “for his unique insights, and in particular for rare and crucial materials...” Rothmann was also acknowledged by Anthony Summers in his book, The Arrogance of Power –The Secret World of Richard Nixon (Viking, 2000) as one “who maintains a unique and extraordinary private archive.” Rothmann served as the Director of the Richard M. Nixon Collection at Whittier College from 1968 to 1970.

Rothmann is the co-author of the book Harold E. Stassen The Life and Perennial Candidacy of the Progressive Republican (McFarland & Company, 2012). He is the co-author of Icon Of Evil: Hitler’s Mufti and the Rise of Radical Islam (Random House, 2008 - Transaction Publishers, 2009). Rothmann has written and published, a broad variety of articles dealing with American political history, the Middle East, Soviet history/politics and education. He is one of forty contributors to the volume, American Jews and the Separationist Faith: The New Debate On Religion In Public Life (Ethics and Public Policy Council, 1992). In 1990, Rothmann was invited to write the foreword to the memoirs of Hillel Butman, one of the early leaders in the movement to free Soviet Jews. Butman’s volume, From Leningrad to Jerusalem (Benmir Books, 1990) was called by the late United States Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, “a most important work that should be appreciated by anyone who cherishes human freedom.” Rothmann served as Project Consultant on the book, Jews In America (Collins Publishers, 1989) and Research Consultant on the books A Day In the Life of Israel (Collins Publishers, 1994) and Jerusalem In The Shadow Of Heaven (Collins Publishers, 1996).

Rothmann’s personal library of 15,000 volumes is widely recognized as one of the finest private libraries of American political history and biography in the United States. His library is frequently used by scholars, graduate students and authors in the process of research. American political historian David Pietrusza, in his book, 1948: Harry Truman’s Improbable Victory and the Year That Transformed America (Union Square Press, 2011), acknowledged “the incredibly knowledgeable John Rothmann, who very kindly supplied me with materials from his extensive private collection.” In his book, Senator For Sale: An Unauthorized Biography of Senator Bob Dole (St. Martin’s Press, 1995) author and former Senate Counsel to Senator Dole, Stanley Hilton acknowledged that “special appreciation goes to John F. Rothmann, a peerless scholar of the Republican Party, who provided invaluable insights and documents and whose immense personal library of fifteen thousand volumes on politics and history was a great resource.”

Rothmann has spoken on more than 150 college and university campuses throughout the United States, Canada, and Israel. In 1982 he delivered the Baccalaureate address at the United States Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs. In 1996, Rothmann began teaching for Elderhostel and is on the faculty of Bay Area Classic Learning Elderhostel. Rothmann has been on the faculty of the University of San Francisco, and in 2004 joined the faculty of the Fromm Institute at the University of San Francisco. Rothmann is also the host of a podcast called "Fight for the White House" (, which explores the history of presidential elections in the United States through sound clips and music.

Active in Jewish community affairs, Rothmann has been involved in a broad variety of organizations. He serves on the Board of Directors of Write On For Israel (WOFI). He has been a member of the San Francisco Jewish Community Relations Council since 1974. Rothmann served as President and as Chair of the Board of the San Francisco Region of the Jewish National Fund. He has served as President of the San Francisco District and North Pacific Region of the Zionist Organization of America. Rothmann served as President of the Bay Area Council for Soviet Jews. Rothmann was a delegate to the 30th (1982) and 31st (1987) World Zionist Congress both held in Jerusalem, Israel. He served on the National Board of Trustees of the American Zionist Youth Foundation. Rothmann served as Co-President of the Holocaust Center of Northern California and served as Program Chair of the San Francisco community wide Yom Ha Shoa observance, a position he held from 2010. In 1989 Rothmann was selected as one of fifteen American participants in the 24th annual American-Israel Dialogue conducted by the American Jewish Congress in Jerusalem. In 2006 Rothmann was honored, receiving the “Israel In Our Hearts Award” from the San Francisco Jewish Community Federation. Rothmann served as the consultant for Adolescent Programs at the Bureau of Jewish Education in Los Angeles and was the founding Director of the Havurat Noar Program and the Halutz Program.

Rothmann received his B.A. (1970) and his Masters of Arts in Teaching (1971) from Whittier College. In 1986, Rothmann was honored as one of 100 Whittier graduates who was recognized for their unique achievements as the College celebrated its Centennial. Rothmann was one of three distinguished graduates invited to address the academic convocation celebrating that occasion. Rothmann has also studied at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and in the former Soviet Union. He received his Standard Teaching Credential Specializing in Secondary Teaching from the State of California in 1971. A native of San Francisco, Rothmann is a graduate of George Washington High School and has served as President of the Alumni Association since 1974. In 1989 he was inducted into the George Washington High School Hall of Merit in recognition of his unique achievements.

Rothmann received the Outstanding Young Man of America Award in 1973. He belongs to the following national honor/scholarship societies: Omicron Delta Kappa (Scholarship and Leadership Honor Society), Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science Honor Society), Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha (Speech and Forensics Honor Society, and the National Forensics League. Rothmann served as Student Body President of George Washington High School and upon graduation received the Ernest J. Cummings Summa Cum Laude Cup. In 1966, Rothmann served as Mayor of San Francisco in Youth in Government Day. In that same year he received the Cable Car Clothiers San Francisco Young Citizens Award.

Rothmann lives in San Francisco, California, with his wife Ellen and their two sons, Samuel and Joel.

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