Journalism is a noble profession with many challenges and unique opportunities to inform the world and tell important stories. Many people take on the role of reporter for their local town, some as an investigative journalist in Washington, and others risk their life traveling the world and entering war zones.
Here are three noteworthy journalists who prove that we need more journalists in the world.
Roger Harrison Mudd solidified his credibility as a political journalist when in 1979, he interviewed Senator Ted Kennedy during a CBS Reports special and asked why Kennedy wanted to be president.
The televised incident raised many questions about Kennedy’s motivation for seeking office and resulted in a steep decline in his poll numbers. Jimmy Carter would go on to defeat Kennedy for a second presidential term.
Mudd was a correspondent and anchor for CBS News and NBC News, worked as an anchor for The History Channel, served as a substitute anchor for CBS Evening News, and as a co-anchor for NBC Nightly News, and host of the NBC-TV Meet the Press and American Almanac TV programs. He won several awards during his career, including a Peabody Award, the Joan Shorenstein Award for Distinguished Washington Reporting, and five Emmy Awards.
He also published a book, “The Place to Be: Washington, CBS, and the Glory Days of Television News.”
He died on March 9, 2021, at the age of 93.
Robert Woodward is an investigative journalist who is best known for his 19 books. One of his most famous works, “All the President’s Men,” covered the Watergate scandal and turned Woodward into one of the most influential political journalists.
The book would later be adapted to a movie featuring Dustin Hoffman and imprinted into popular culture the mysterious identity of the “Deep Throat” character, an informant who leaked information about Nixon’s re-election campaign.
Woodward worked at “The Washington Post” for much of his career. Although he no longer works there, he remains a contributor.
He is the recipient of numerous awards, including two Pulitzer Prizes, the Heywood Broun Award, Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Reporting, Sigma Delta Chi Award, George Polk Award, William Allen White Medal, and the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Reporting on the Presidency.
Woodward is not without criticism, with some being vocal about his style and content of reporting. Despite this, he remains a highly respected and credible figure in the political sphere.
Christiane Amanpour is a journalist who became a prominent journalist figure during her coverage of the Persian Gulf War, including live reporting from the Bosnian war and surrounding conflict zones. Although criticized during that coverage for lack of objectivity in “choosing sides” in the conflict, her willingness to enter these areas was important.
She later solidified her role as a journalist when she covered more major world events and willingly entered into conflict hotspots. She is also respected interviewer of world leaders and celebrities. She is also the recipient of a Peabody award.
Amanpour has worked for several news channels, including CNN on the foreign desk, on ABC as an anchor, and currently PBS, where she serves on the show “Amanpour & Company.”
There are a number of other great journalists who are worthy of honor, such as Neil Sheehan who was noted for his coverage of the Vietnam War.
Being a journalist can be thankless. Hundreds of thousands of hours can be spent on following a story and many years spent trying to gain enough credibility to gain access to the right people.
Those who put in their dues, or perhaps are lucky enough, will rise through the ranks and their names solidified as one of the greats. For aspiring journalists or writers wanting to learn how to be experts in the craft of finding the right story, research, and editing, the above journalists are the people you should be reading.