1. Michael Calderone, Yahoo’s Upshot: Now reporting for Yahoo’s snappy new Upshot blog, Calderone earned an impressive, hard-charging reputation at Politico and the New York Observer. He cranks out several reports a day.
2. Brian Stelter, New York Times: His back story dazzles as much as his present-day reporting. I once tried to hire him without knowing his name or his age when he wrote anonymously for the blog he founded (Cable Newser, which became TV Newser) when he was a college student.
3. Howard Kurtz, Washington Post: Fair, level-headed, and insightful. He and Stelter are fierce competitors, with an abundance of scoops by both. Kurtz also provides meaty, on-the-mark analysis such as this superb report today.