Walter R. Mears, an Associated Press legend, reported on national politics from 1960 to 2001 as one of the "boys on the bus" and was said to be the most influential political writer of his time because his AP stories appeared in virtually every American newspaper. He received the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 1977 for his coverage of the 1976 presidential campaign and election. He retired after the 2001 presidential inauguration and now lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Hal Buell is a photo editor with more than 40 years' experience at the Associated Press, where he was in charge of the photo wire service for 25 years. His previous books include Moments: The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photographs; Photo Oops!; World War II Album: The Complete Chronicle of the World's Greatest Conflict; and We Were There: Vietnam.