96. Cathleen Decker
Cathleen Decker has been a respected national politics editor at the Los Angeles Times for years, but now she’s got a writing gig, and that’s a good thing for readers who, like us, are political junkies. Decker has a solid rep among reporters – no easy feat, considering the brittle, jealous and suspicious nature of journalists – and the fact that she’s now writing regular columns in the state’s largest paper comes as welcome news. One journalist we know who aggregates news said, “I don’t care what she writes, I want it. It’s always good,” and we concur. She writes on demographics, personalities, an array of issues, campaigns – you name it. She’s in the midst of covering her 10th presidential election – which is either wonderful or depressing, depending on your view.
Updated Aug. 25, 2015