I covered John McCain when he was a new senator and I was a new Washington reporter. He was without pretense, easy to talk with, and always free with his opinions. Reporters loved him because he was deeply plugged into military affairs (and later other issues) and was never shy about sharing his knowledge.
The host of the podcast “In the Arena” is the smart and fun Luke Knittig, the senior director of communications at the McCain Institute. A combat veteran, Luke served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and as the military spokesman for international forces in Afghanistan.
Luke and I talked about my book, Finding the News: Adventures of a Young Reporter, about journalism ethics, and challenges for people starting a career in news today.
Note: The interview was recorded prior to the Coronavirus pandemic.