Brian Stelter had a passion for TV news, a hobby that became a career and has now become a book. In college, he created a blog called TV Newser, which analyzed the television news business. Three years later, in 2007, Stelter was hired by the New York Times to blog about "the wide world of TV" for the Times' website, and he was later hired to become television reporter for the daily paper. Over beers at Seattle's Bravehorse Tavern, Stelter told us how a few years ago he decided to try his hand at an even longer format. "I was kind of curious to see if I could physically write 90,000 words, because I'd grown up blogging--200-300 words at a time," he said.
Turns out it he was more than capable: he wrote 150,000 words and was then forced to cut a third of them. The result, Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV, was featureed in the New York Times magazine and was a New York Times bestseller.
At the tail end of a West Coast road trip with his girlfriend, Stelter spoke with us about his obsession with the morning shows and his admiration for the unsung, behind-the-scenes heroes.