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xvii Thanks Whatever Happened to the Washington Reporters, 1978–2012 has been a collective effort involving my research assistants, teaching assistants, students, and interns. Trying to track down 450 journalists who lived in Washington 30 or more years ago can be a tedious and often frustrating task. Transcribing an hour-long taped interview is no fun. Please share my appreciation for the young men and women who are listed as interviewers in the endnotes. Joining together to do serious research has been the history of the Newswork books since the original six interns did the telephone interviewing and coding in the summer of 1978 for what would be The Washington Reporters. They were followed over the years by the interns who traced the adjectives that reporters put in front of senators’ names for The Ultimate Insiders: U.S. Senators in the National Media, the interns who deconstructed tapes of local television news programs for Live from Capitol Hill!, and the interns who located Washington stories in foreign outlets for Through Their Eyes: Foreign Correspondents in the United States. I expressed my gratitude to them in those volumes, and I express it again here. During the five years, 2005–09, when I was also a professor at George Washington University, I was blessed with three exceptional teaching assistants—Daniel Reilly, Jeremy Holden, and Michelle Begnoche—and a band of enthusiastic students. I am grateful to the university’s president , Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, for that opportunity, to my colleagues in the School of Media and Public Affairs, and especially to Professor Roxanne Russell, studio manager, who created a video record of my xviii   Thanks class interviewing the journalists whose stories are the backbone of this book. Transcripts, tapes, and my notes will be given to the Library of Congress and eventually will be available to those who are interested in this subject. I am grateful for the assistance of historian John Haynes of the library’s Manuscript Division. No writer has been as blessed with a caring manuscript reader as I have been by the wise David H. Weaver of Indiana University. This book was written in the comforting nest that the Brookings Institution maintains for me among my friends in the Governance Studies Program, all of whom know the affection and great regard in which I hold them. During this period I have also relied on very special interns: Nathaniel Lubin (Harvard), Elizabeth Krevsky (Cornell), Lynda Marlow (BBC), Samantha Barry (GWU), and Sarah Lovenheim (GWU). Once again I am grateful to the Brookings Institution Press, publisher of the seven books in the Newswork series, and for the immaculate editing of the late James R. Schneider and of Eileen Hughes. The book benefited greatly from the time that I was given to think about my subject from afar at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Study and Conference Center in Bellagio, Italy—a gift beyond mere thanks. Stephen Hess Senior Fellow Emeritus Brookings Institution June 2012 ...


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