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Advisory: Crisis/Hostage Negotiation Expert Available

August 28, 2006

Randall G. Rogan, an expert on the communication and analysis of crisis/hostage negotiation, is available to speak to the media about the complexities involved in the profession of crisis/hostage negotiation, the focus of “Standoff,” a new, fictional television series from the Fox Broadcasting Company.

Rogan, professor and chair of communication at Wake Forest University, has worked with the FBI and was a member of the team of analysts that helped identify the Unabomber. In the spring semester of 2005, Rogan taught the course “Communication, Terrorism and Hostage Negotiation” at Wake Forest.

Rogan, who plans on watching “Standoff,” said he hopes the series will realistically depict the difficulties and challenges various law enforcement officers must manage when striving to facilitate a peaceful end to a high-conflict, potentially lethal situation.

“It would benefit the general public to learn about the reality of crisis/hostage negotiation,” Rogan said of the forthcoming show. “Too often, this aspect of lawenforcement is inaccurately portrayed and glamorized in films and made-for-TV movies.”

To arrange an interview with Rogan, contact Maggie Barrett in the News Service at (336) 758-5237 or

Press Contacts:

Maggie Barrett
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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