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Diane Sawyer, Steve Kroft and Matt Lauer are The Interviewers on TV News Today

In their 2011 “Rulebreakers” issue, The Hollywood Reporter looks at The Rebels, The Opportunists, The Cinderella Stories and more from the world of TV and movies.

Marisa Guthrie pens a page on The Interviewers, focusing on ABC’s Diane Sawyer, NBC’s Matt Lauer and CBS’s Steve Kroft.

“Sometimes you think you know the story, but you go back and look again,” says Sawyer. “It’s about waking all of us up. That is the reason we do it.”

“It’s not the topic,” says Matt Lauer of his style. “It’s the tone. If you can make people comfortable and get them to trust you, then you can hit them hard on something.”

Kroft’s interviews inside the beltway and beyond have made him “60 Minutes” griller-in-chief. He’s interviewed Pres. Obama 12 times, from the campaign trail to just last week. Kroft tells Guthrie the president “has never said no” to an interview.

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