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Chris Roush

Chris Roush is the dean of the School of Communications at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. He was previously Walter E. Hussman Sr. Distinguished Professor in business journalism at UNC-Chapel Hill. He is a former business journalist for Bloomberg News, Businessweek, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Tampa Tribune and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. He is the author of the leading business reporting textbook "Show me the Money: Writing Business and Economics Stories for Mass Communication" and "Thinking Things Over," a biography of former Wall Street Journal editor Vermont Royster.

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  1. walt sonneville says:

    Please forward this message to Thomas M. Burton.

    Mr. Burton, your article of 7-2-12 on the subject of Ann Romney’s struggle with MS reinforced the question I have long held regarding her diagnosis. My late wife had MS for the last 30 years of her life, progressing from mild numbness to total-body paralysis.

    During those 30 years I met many MS patients, some of whom experienced rather mild physical limitations. I don’t believe I ever met anyone diagnosed with MS as capable of riding a horse. That can be a challenge for even the able bodied.

    Perhaps today MS can be positively identified as the cause of one’s debilitation. In my experience, MS was a tentative conclusion based on the elimination of other probable causes.

    If Mrs. Romney’s illness cannot be positively attributed to MS, perhaps she might wish to speak only of her symptoms rather than attributing her condition to MS. Journalists should honor that wish.

    Please do not regard this message as a criticism of your article. You are properly reporting without injecting your opinion or the opinions of others.

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