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Deadline Artists

John Avlon is passionate about newspaper columns. He should be: he’s a columnist himself. But with newspapers on the wane, Avlon was worried that the best examples of his craft could be forgotten. So he and some friends have collected the best reported columns from America’s newspapers in a series of books. Deadline Artists showcases short stories that actually happened, written with the urgency of news and the precision of poetry. Avlon joins us to explore the art of great newspaper writing and where it might be headed. (Rebroadcast)

John Avlon is senior columnist for Newsweek and the Daily Beast and a CNN contributor.  He is the author of Independent Nation: How Centrists Can Change American Politics ​[Amazon/Indiebound] and Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking America [Amazon/Indiebound]. Along with Jesse Angelo and Errol Louis, he edited the collections Deadline Artists: America's Greatest Newspaper Columns [Amazon/Indiebound] and Deadline Artists: Scandals, Tragedies and Triumphs [Amazon/Indiebound].

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.