Journalists and Sources

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Listed below is a sampling of journalists and sources who have made news, either by virtue of their success and prominence in the world of journalism, or for some, as a result of mistakes made while covering prominent stories.


Tom Brokaw


Tom Brokaw was the anchor and managing editor of the NBC Nightly News from from 1983 through 2004, having previously been anchor of NBC News' Today from l976-82. See Tom Brokaw to view full entry.

Tommy Christopher

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Katie Couric


Katie Couric is currently the anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News and also a 60 Minutes correspondent. Couric was co-host of "Today" on NBC for fifteen years, and while with NBC was also a contibutor to "Dateline NBC." See Katie Couric to view full entry.

Charles Gibson


Charles "Charlie" Gibson is the anchor of ABC World News Tonight.

Stephen Glass


Stephen Glass was a reporter for The New Republic magazine. He was fired in 1998 for writing articles based on fake quotes from people who did not exist and on events that did not occur. His fraudulent stories were exposed by Adam Penenberg in an article at See Stephen Glass to view full entry.

Adnan Hajj


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Captain Jamil Hussein


The Associated Press named police Capt. Jamil Hussein as a source for more than 60 stories which reported Shiite-Sunni violence in Iraq, including the Burning Six incident. Efforts to verify the identity of Hussein went on for several months, with his existence being in question part of that time. Eventually it was discovered that Jamil Hussein was a pseudonym and many of the events cited in the stories he sourced have now been disproved or called into question. Click on Captain Jamil Hussein to view full entry.

Peter Jennings


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Rick Kaplan


Rick Kaplan is currently (as of May 2009) executive producer of the CBS Evening News. Prior to CBS, he served as President of CNN, Senior Vice-President of ABC News, and President of MSNBC. See Rick Kaplan for full entry.

Matt Lauer


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Rachel Maddow


Host of MSNBC liberal opinion program, The Rachel Maddow Show. See Rachel Maddow for full entry.

Mary Mapes


CBS producer who worked on 60 Minutes II story on Bush National Guard service. Also see Rathergate. Click on Mary Mapes to view full entry.

Chris Matthews

Chris Matthews hosts “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” on MSNBC and also hosts “The Chris Matthews Show,” a syndicated weekly news program produced by NBC News. Matthews is a regular commentator on NBC’s “Today" show. See Chris Matthews to view full entry.

Keith Olbermann

Keith Olbermann is host of “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” which airs weeknights, 8-9 p.m. ET on MSNBC. See Keith Olbermann to view complete entry.

Dan Rather


Rather was anchor of the CBS Evening News for 24 years, from March 9, 1981 to March 9, 2005, as well as being a contributor to 60 Minutes. Rather stepped down from the CBS News anchor desk amid controversy over the 60 Minutes II story about George Bush's National Guard service, sometimes referred to as Rathergate. Click on Dan Rather to view full entry.

Dylan Ratigan

Dylan Ratigan is host of The Dylan Ratigan Show on MSNBC. See Dylan Ratigan to view full entry.

Susan Roesgen

"Susan Roesgen is a general assignment correspondent for CNN based in Chicago. Roesgen joined CNN after more than a decade covering the Gulf Coast. A New Orleans-based journalist during Hurricane Katrina, she was the first reporter hired by CNN for the CNN Gulf Coast bureau in 2005. She moved to CNN's Chicago bureau in September 2007." (

Diane Sawyer

Sawyer began her career in Louisville, Kentucky and was a reporter there until 1970...worked in Nixon administration...spent nine years at CBS News...first woman to co-anchor 60 Minutes...joined ABC News in February 1989, as co-anchor of Primetime Live...named co-anchor, with Charles Gibson, of Good Morning America in January 1999. In September 2009 it was announced that she would replace Charles Gibson as anchor of ABC World News upon his retirement. See Diane Sawyer to view full entry.

Ed Schultz

Host of MSNBC opinion program.

Harry Smith

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John Stossel

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Michael Yon


Michael Yon is a 43-year-old American blogger, author, and former member of the Special Forces. Yon is best known for his in-depth reports he has filed, while embedded with US military units in Iraq. A majority of his ventures are funded by reader donations. See Michael Yon to view full entry.

Brian Williams


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