Matier and Ross: SF Chronicle
Not a good idea to be in the headlines with these guys. Known locally from some of the most powerful political elite as the gruesome twosome, the pair have juice all the way from Washington to the city, and of course, Sacramento. Don't get in their way and if you fail to respond to an e-mail or phone call you're asking for it. They can be cool too (ask Willie Brown) but also relentless (ask Gray Davis)
This veteran and tenacious TV Investigative Reporter makes a lot of people cringe--generally, bad guys. Noyes isn't afraid to confront con artists, sleazy businessmen, and crooked politicians. Gavin Newsom isn't particularly crooked but he had a notorious duke-it-out with Noyes a few years back that made the rounds all over the city. Noyes is too smooth too and is a fond practitioner of the 60 Minutes confront the bastard on the street. It's effective and good TV although not so enlightening for Noyes targets.
Tony Kovaleski: NBC Bay Area
Kovaleski has a keen interviewing style that can make the bull shitters scared to death. Maybe it's the suspenders and prosecutor eyes. Kovaleski will play ball with you so as long as you don't go off on tangents and try to cover. He's not a cover guy. He's also not interested in false flattery so if you're some political hack that just embezzled $50G you're not going to have a nice day with Mr. Kovaleski.
Vicky Nguyen: NBC Bay Area
Ms. Nguyen (part of NBC Bay Area "Investigative Unit" along with Kovaleski) Like Noyes, if Nguyen is trailing you you're in for a pretty shitty day. Pols, swindlers, ex-cons; doesn't matter the company, good old Vicky is relentless; easy on the eyes too so there is a happy ending no matter what.
I don't even have to mention his name: Do.Not.Fuck.With. This. Guy. Unless you want some serious shit to go your way.
Eric Rasmussen: KTVU
Rasmussen has begun to grown on me. When he first came here he seemed overly caffeinated on nothing outstanding in particular --in other words, a lot of smoke and mirrors. Not lately. Rasmussen nailed a couple of slumlords --one in the South Bay in particular --and one real nasty deal in Oakland --Get the hell out of his way if you see him. Run fast.
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