Who is your favorite columnist, reporter or writer?
Jesse Fruhwirth: Too many to name, but Camile Paglia, Gore Vidal, Christopher Hitchens and Robert Fisk come to mind. Oh, and Perez Hilton.
Bill Frost: Tim Goodman, television critic for the San Francisco Chronicle—he’s The Only Other TV Columnist That Matters.
Ted Scheffler: Most people don’t think of him as a reporter or columnist, but that’s how he began. My favorite writer is Gabriel García Márquez.
Dan Nailen: James Lee Burke writes fiction with a reporter’s eye for detail and lyricist’s ability to create evocative prose, whether describing a mountain valley in Montana or a murder scene in the Big Easy.
Nick Clark: I’m a big fan of John Oliver. Sometimes you need a fresh pair of foreign eyes to put your national news into perspective.
Pete Saltas: I used to look forward to Rick Reilly’s column in Sports Illustrated. Not because it was in SI, but because he always found ways to relate real-life issues to sports. An article he wrote once prompted me to donate to “Nothing But Nets” to help curb malaria in Africa—not too shabby for a sports columnist.
Rachel Hanson: Mark Harris, for his unique, insightful take on pop culture, politics, movies and TV.
Rebecca Andrus: The spawn of writer Wyatt Emory Cooper and designer/heiress/author Gloria Vanderbilt: the award-winning, illustrious, brilliant humanitarian Anderson Cooper. Cooper writes and reports from a raw perspective that could only come from a man who has suffered many hardships and successes in life, and I respect him greatly.