There have been many contributors to this book, far too many for me to name in this brief space. Having absorbed questions from or been inspired to ask questions by the hundreds of people interviewed during nearly twenty years of journalism, I find that a list of memorable personalities alone would fill a book.
Because I have turned over this book in my mind many years, it is also impossible to thank all the colleagues who helped me ask better questions. I owe an enormous debt to the staff at KTVU Channel Two, where I have spent the past ten years of my career. In particular, there are two associates I must mention. First is Kevin O'Brien, the general manager of KTVU. His focus on long-term success has been a daily demonstration of the power of questions. I also owe the largest possible debt to Fred Zehnder, the former news director of KTVU. There is no better teacher of journalism than this strong newsroom leader. Anyone who works with Fred learns the power of positive questions, questions that raise one's sights and never lowers one's spirits.
I also have the instructors and classroom colleagues at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies to thank. The institute describes itself as a school for journalism, but this unique resource is far more. It was while I was attending a leadership program at this school that several key ideas for this book came together. The reader will find a wide range of questions from the faculty throughout this book, a tribute to the open dialogue the institute encourages. To my editors at AMACOM, a special thanks to Ellen Kadin and Christina McLaughlin for bringing a first-time author through the complicated birth of this book.
Finally, a very special thanks to my wife, Arleen Bolton. Her experience as a journalist in CBS newsrooms in New York and in Washington,