This portfolio represents a sampling of stories reported and produced by Rod Minott.  Most of the reports were produced for and broadcast on public television, including the PBS NewsHour.  All of the videos have been edited down from their original broadcast length. 


Factory Fight

Work-in-progress online documentary

This web-based series chronicles the long battle to save the NUMMI auto plant in Fremont, CA.  At stake were an estimated 25,000 jobs tied to NUMMI -- the last auto assembly plant on the West Coast.  


The Ultimate Question -- Assisted Suicide

The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer / KCTS-TV 9 

A background report on the debate over legalizing physician-assisted suicide for the terminally ill. 



Hanging Tough: Militia Movement Update 

The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer / KCTS-TV 9 

A report updating the growth and activities of anti-government, paramilitary extremist groups across the country, and efforts by authorities to monitor them.  The story starts off with the arrest and prosecution of several anti-government militants in Washington state allegedly tied to illegal bomb-making and weapons stockpiling.  Also profiled in the report is the leader of the Militia of Montana.


Building The West - Pacific Rolling Mill

The Pacific Rolling Mill industrial complex was built between 1908 and 1926 in San Francisco's Potrero Hill neighborhood. The company was a pioneer in structural steel fabrication and helped build such iconic structures as the Golden Gate Bridge and Grace Cathedral. The historic buildings at the Potrero Hill site are now threatened with demolition.


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Hooked On Heroin

The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer / KCTS-TV 9

This story examines the skyrocketing number of heroin-related deaths in Seattle.  The opening scenes follow an addict engaged in a heroin purchase. 



The Fight For Kennewick Man

The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer / KCTS-TV 9

A 9,000-year old skull, called Kennewick Man, discovered along the Columbia River triggers a battle between a Native American tribe and archaeologists over the rights to the bones.


Toxic Leaks:  Hanford Groundwater

The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer / KCTS-TV 9

The Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Southeast Washington is home to one of the deadliest environmental hazards in the United States. Massive underground storage tanks are leaking highly radioactive materials that are headed for the Columbia River.  A report on the battle over saving one of the country’s largest river systems from potential disaster. 





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