Today I had the pleasure of interviewing a top journalist and author for whom I have the utmost respect, David Mendell.

We spoke for 45 minutes, non-stop, on a Scoville Park bench for an upcoming segment of “Oak Park’s Own.” Produced by Joe Kreml, the village’s video production maestro, the segment is the third one that I have hosted for broadcast on the local cable television Channel 6 here in Oak Park, Ill.

I first met Mendell in January 2008, shortly after reading his wonderfully reported, even-handed book on Barack Obama, Obama: From Promise to Power. At that time, I was so fascinated by Mendell’s odyssey that I penned a profile on him for the Wednesday Journal of Oak Park and River Forest.

The piece, “Covering a Phenomenom,” is posted on my Inside Edge PR website. I also blogged about Mendell 10 months ago, on the evening of Obama’s election.

Among my questions today during taping at Scoville Park:

Does he plan to write another book on President Obama? What was the biggest price he paid in writing the book? Having left the Tribune 13 months ago, does he miss daily journalism?

I’ll let Mendell’s answers speak for themselves when the Q & A starts airing on Channel 6 and is posted online at the same time.

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