|Answering the questions people have|
asked (or I have asked myself) about
my past, present, or future.
I give honourable mention to John Chancellor on NBC.
My second influence would be reporter Bob Dotson, who filed a number of feature pieces for NBC, all with superb storytelling.
Honourable mention goes to Steve Hartman of CBS. He can turn nearly any subject into an engaging piece, and he used to prove it by letting people throwing a dart at a map and finding a story where it landed.
My third influence would be CNN's Jeanne Moos, whom I consider to be a master of weaving writing and sound. She mainly constrains herself to a news commentary/parody role these days, but during the 1990's, I would love running her stories on the weekend newscasts. I couldn't find one of those, but I found one that comes close.