Best Of 2008

BEST JOURNALIST (BROADCAST): Kathy Fountain, Fox 13

In a day and age of truly insipid daytime television programming and 24-hour cable blather, Fountain’s midday news talk show, Your Turn, doesn’t pander. She takes on tough subjects — sex offender bans, Muslim extremism, transgender rights, sexism and all brands and angles of politics — and makes them come alive. Even taking calls from her viewers, a guaranteed way to attract crazy rants, plays into her strength as an interviewer. Fountain often turns the viewers’ questions back on them before having her wide array of guests chime in. She’s tough but never arrogant, insistent but never incessant. Think there’s any chance that CNN would hire her to bitch-slap some journalistic sense into Nancy Grace? Disclosure time: A couple of CL editors, Wayne Garcia and David Warner, have appeared on Fountain’s show.