Rob Kall

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Rob Kall
Born (1951-06-29) June 29, 1951 (age 72)
Pennsylvania State University:
earned B.A. Psychology
Temple University
La Salle College
St. Joseph's College:
Pre-med courses -
Organic Chemistry, Biochem, Endocrinology, Physics
1977-1979, Temple University:
earned Master of Education, in Counseling psychology
Alma mater
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Temple University
Known forOpEdNews
Notable workfounder:
  • Futurehealth, Inc
  • OpEdNews
  • Storycon.Org

Rob Kall (born June 29, 1951) is an American inventor, journalist, and founder of the OpEdNews website,[1] a United States-based progressive/liberal news, antiwar activism, and opinion website founded in 2003.[2][3] Kall also hosts the 'Bottom Up Radio Show'[4] as well as being founder and president of 'FutureHealth' and host of 'FutureHeath Radio'.[5] In 2014, Mediaite showed Kall ranked as one of the top 200 print/online columnists.[6][7]



In 1976-77, while Kall was a graduate student, he learned of the physiological finding that cold hands can result from the vascular constriction that indicates stress. He then developed the "Bio-Q ring" to detect stress through use of 13 liquid crystals to detect changes in the temperature of the hand. The concept was that if a wearer were forewarned of approaching tension, they could mitigate their actions and thus reduce stress.[8] In 1978 and 1979, he took early design samples of the Bio-Q ring to BSA meetings in Albuquerque and San Diego. Encouragement from biofeedback experts Thomas Budzynski, Edward Taub, and others, kept him focused on the concept.[9] Raising money as a freelance medical writer, he founded Futurehealth Inc as a manufacturer of biofeedback instrumentation/materials. By 1984, 185,000 Bio-Q units had been sold,[8] and according to the website, by 2014 that quantity has reached over 300,000 units sold in over 50 countries.[9]



Rob Kall relates how in early 2003, he had heard a Colin Powell speech about why the United States "had" to go to war with Iraq and felt that Powell's reasons were disingenuous.[2] Wishing to "publish the Truth", Kall began a personal blog which developed into OpEdNews.[2]

"OEN is a publication for the people. In the evolution of it I listened to the readers, writers, and editors. The more I listened to these people, the better the site did. Hardly anything is assigned – it's just people writing about what they want out there, and expressing what they care about. Oped News is written by regular people. Watchdog organizations, whistle-blowers, and people interested in social responsibility like us because we're inclined to publish them. One of the main purposes of Oped News is to give the people who know the real truth an opportunity to be heard. We get between 1000 and 2000 articles submitted each month." - [sic] Rob Kall [2]

Kall's articles on the OpEdNews website have been cross-posted in The Huffington Post.[10][11][12] He has been mentioned in an op ed in The New York Times, by Judith Warner.[13]


Kall is ranked by Mediaite as one of the top 200 online/print columnists.[6]

Awards and nominations[edit]

In July 2013, Kall, along with his Opednews (new media), became the first media winners of the Pillar Human Rights Award for International Persons of Conscience for supporting whistleblowers and the first amendment, awarded by the 2013 Whistleblower Summit for Civil & Human Rights as hosted by ACORN 8 and Federally Employed Women-Legal Education Fund (FEW/LEF).[14][15][16][17]


  1. ^ "Rob Kall bio". The Huffington Post. 2014. Retrieved May 20, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d Phillips, Marina (March 2013). "A Voice For Truth – Rob Kall". OM Times. Retrieved May 20, 2014.
  3. ^ Katalinas, Theresa (February 5, 2007). "Bucks Web site grabs piece of the online news market - The highly traveled joins the ranks of a growing Web news base". The Intelligencer. Retrieved May 7, 2014.
  4. ^ Silverman, Francine (2013). Ebook of Political Talk Radio Shows. BookRix. ISBN 978-3730911266.
  5. ^ Robbins, Jim (2008). A Symphony in the Brain: The Evolution of the New Brain Wave Biofeedback. New York City: Grove Press. ISBN 9780802143815.
  6. ^ a b staff. "The Mediaite Influence Index: Rob Kall - #178 among Print / Online Columnists". Mediaite. Retrieved May 20, 2014.
  7. ^ "Rob Kall, M.Ed. Curriculum Vitae". Retrieved May 23, 2014.
  8. ^ a b Kleinfield, N. R. (October 1, 1984). "Flood of Health Kits Widens Home Tests for Early Symptoms (page 2)". The New York Times. Retrieved May 23, 2014.
  9. ^ a b staff. "Bio-Q Thermal Biofeedback & Stress Monitoring Ring". Retrieved May 23, 2014.
  10. ^ Kall, Rob (December 17, 2008). "Bail Out Investigative Journalists". The Huffington Post. Retrieved May 20, 2014.
  11. ^ Kall, Rob (October 5, 2009). "Separating the Journalism Baby from the Newspaper Bathwater". The Huffington Post. Retrieved May 20, 2014.
  12. ^ Kall, Rob (March 8, 2010). "Progressive Message Won Big at Oscars". The Huffington Post. Retrieved May 22, 2014.
  13. ^ Judith Warner (December 18, 2008). "Getting Beyond Camelot". The New York Times. Retrieved May 22, 2014.
  14. ^ McCray, Michael (July 26, 2013). "CBC Chair Marcia Fudge, Senators Ron Wyden, Rand Paul and OpEdNews / Rob Kall honored with the Pillar Human Rights Award". Columbus Free Press. Retrieved May 22, 2014.
  15. ^ McCray, Michael. "Whistleblower Summit Civil & Human Rights Conference July 29-31, 2013, Pillar Award Presentation". ACORN 8. Archived from the original on May 18, 2014. Retrieved May 22, 2014.
  16. ^ McCray, Michael (July 25, 2013). "CBC Chair Marcia Fudge, Senators Ron Wyden, Rand Paul and OpEdNews / Rob Kall honored with the Pillar Human Rights Award". OpEdNews. Retrieved May 20, 2014.
  17. ^ staff (October 23, 2013). "Rob Kall -Change from the Bottom Up" (audio link). Envision This. Retrieved May 20, 2014. transcript

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