Bob Greene is one of America’s best storytellers, as he has proved many times with his columns and books. His newest is “Late Edition: A Love Story,” about his earliest years in the newspaper business.

When we talked about it recently on KTRS/St. Louis, Bob regaled me with how he wrote his first newspaper piece as a high school student on the day JFK was assassinated. While it went unpublished, it would eventually help land him a job at the Columbus Citizen-Journal as a copyboy and begin his lifelong career as a newspaperman.

We discussed not only Bob’s past, but also the present state of the newspaper business and the advice he’d give to anyone thinking of applying for a job in an industry on the wane.

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My favorite previous interviews with Bob Greene:

  • August, 2008 for “When We Get To Surf City”
  • May 2006 for “And You Know You Should Be Glad”
  • November 2004 for “Fraternity: A Journey In Search of Five Presidents”
  • November 1997 for “Chevrolet Summers, Dairy Queen Nights”