Monday, July 13, 2009

Bob Greene, Late Edition


Bob Greene is one of America's best storytellers, as he has proved many times with his columns and books. His newest is "Late Edition: A Love Story," about his earliest years in the newspaper business.

When we talked about it recently on KTRS/St. Louis, Bob regaled me with how he wrote his first newspaper piece as a high school student on the day JFK was assassinated. While it went unpublished, it would eventually help land him a job at the Columbus Citizen-Journal as a copyboy and begin his lifelong career as a newspaperman.

We discussed not only Bob's past, but also the present state of the newspaper business and the advice he'd give to anyone thinking of applying for a job in an industry on the wane.

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My favorite previous interviews with Bob Greene: