Dennis Rogers, who spoke the language of Eastern North Carolina to the hearts of its people as a writer for The News & Observer for more than three decades, died early Saturday after a lengthy illness.
Rogers, 77, was a beloved columnist and committed newspaperman, but was also known as an actor devoted to the craft of local theater and an enthusiastic biker whose first ride was a Harley he bought at age 40, according to a statement posted online on Aug. 9, 2020 by newsobserver.com
We learned of the deceased through the following tribute posted on social media.,
For many years, when my colleagues introduced themselves as @newsobserver reporters & photographers, the question often came back: “Oh, do you know Dennis Rogers?”
– Dennis Rogers, longtime N&O columnist and chronicler of life in NC, dies at 77 https://t.co/7zsf3twa0r
— Bruce Siceloff (@BruceSiceloff) August 8, 2020
Cause of Death.
We have no information at the moment on of caused death . This post will be updated as soon as we have that information.
The following are some tributes posted on social media to honor the life and the legacy of the deceased.
If you’re from Eastern North Carolina, Dennis Rogers was required reading and part of the fabric of the lives of so many. So sad to hear of his passing. https://t.co/8vHBOl4sDl
— Chris Kennedy (@ckennedync) August 8, 2020
RIP Dennis Rogers. Extensive interview with beloved News and Observer columnist Dennis Roger’s love for Eastern NC, Wilson and Raleigh. Vintage Late 80’s https://t.co/U1PcNnKzuc
— RaleighGreenway.com (@RaleighGreenway) August 9, 2020
Dennis Rogers knew the heart and soul of Eastern North Carolina. Along with Duane Powell, he made the N&O a great regional newspaper. That era is now over. https://t.co/QhNw2Ien8a
— Tony Sutton (@TonySutton8) August 9, 2020
I remember getting to meet Dennis Rogers when I did my career day at the N&O in 1992.
I had read some of his book, Spit Shine, because I thought I might get to meet him. He was the biggest “star” I’d ever met!! I remember him being so gracious. #RIP https://t.co/0rZokzukwa
— Clay Aiken (@clayaiken) August 8, 2020