December 20, 2019
Good morning and welcome to a special edition of the Poynter Report. Today, I look back at the year in media — from the best to the worst to the odd to the inspiring and everything in between.
This will be the last Poynter Report of 2019. But I will return on Jan. 6 to give you, as always, the latest in media news and analysis each and every weekday.
Now to the media stories and personalities of 2019.
Media personality of the year
Political news dominates the news cycle these days. Turn on your TV looking for news out of Washington and chances are, he’s there. It’s NBC’s Chuck Todd. He hosts the shouldn’t-be-missed “Meet the Press,” still the gold standard of Sunday morning news shows. He also hosts a daily version of “MTP.” He is front and center on NBC’s debate and impeachment coverage. And whenever there’s breaking political news, he’s the network’s go-to voice on the “NBC Nightly News.” His excellent interview skills of the top newsmakers and his accessible delivery make him THE voice when it comes to news in these politically divided times.