Recommendations

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“I’ve worked with Duane since 2001 and he continues to impress me with his unceasing dedication to excellence, fairness and integrity. He’s also incredibly kind and a wonderful person to work alongside. We’ve covered Presidential elections, wars, disasters and everything in between. Throughout it all, he’s been a reliable, go-to person in the newsroom.”

— Joshua Cook, Public Relations Director, Statfor

 

“Duane is exceptionally collegial, dedicated, positive, and consensus-building. He is a dedicated problem-solver and a real asset to any group.”

— Susan Kim, Playwright & TV Writer

 

"I have worked with Duane for over two years now, and I know him to be a consummate professional, who is dedicated to a high quality product and extremely supportive of his colleagues. He has one of the most positive attitudes of anyone I have ever known, and I have no hesitation in saying he would be a valuable asset to any organization."

— Pam Coulter, CBS News Correspondent and Anchor

 

“In my time with Duane on the WGAE Council I’ve seen him be a quick-thinking, articulate speaker; a far-sighted leader and strategist; a principled and respectful advocate; and a genuinely pleasant, friendly, and all-around engaging person.”

— Elliot Kalan, Writer at the Daily Show

 

“I have had the honor and pleasure to work with Duane Tollison at CBS Radio News for a number of years. Duane is a true professional and an enormously talented journalist. He is extremely intelligent, articulate, and the complete team player. He is a pleasure to work with and would be a fantastic addition to any effort.”

— Col. Jeff McCausland, (U.S. Army ret.) CBS News National Security Consultant 

 

“Duane is a highly skilled writer adept at crafting clean, precise scripts. More than that, he is a first-rate interviewer and tape editor able to quickly gather sound and turn it around under deadline pressure. He is also a very good update/special report producer. Apart from these abilities, Duane is a thoughtful, easy-going individual, always ready to contribute valuable ideas on a story or special project. These qualities make him an excellent a team member. Having worked with Duane for many years at CBS News, I can recommend him without hesitation.”

— Nick Young, Anchor of the World News Roundup

 

“Duane is a talented journalist and a very hard worker. He is a great story teller who can get the best out of a newsmaker when doing an interview. Duane is always willing to do whatever is asked of him and will go the extra mile to do whatever is needed to make a broadcast the best it can be.”

— Paul Farry, Producer of the World News Roundup, CBS News

“There’s no question why Duane is the go-to person for nearly every job at CBS Radio News. He’s conscientious, precise, and abundantly talented. No project is too small and no obstacle too big for him to overcome. Most of all, though, he’s a person you can trust to get the job done. I have on numerous occasions. And I am honored to call him a colleague and a friend. He would be a tremendous asset to any organization.”

— Scott Saloway, Producer, MSNBC

 

“Duane is truly a gifted writer and makes everyone around him better at what he or she does… what’s even better is that he does so with a smile.”

— Jill Schlesinger, CBS News Business Analyst; Host of JillOnMoney.com

 

“Duane Tollison is the consummate professional. Intelligent, inquisitive, compassionate and driven, he clearly adds a spark to any situation he is involved in and is a team player throughout. Any organization he joins is richer for it. I’m honored to call him a friend and colleague.”

— Gregory Armstrong, Producer of the World News Roundup Late Edition

 

“Duane is a creative, well-informed broadcast news writer—always focused, and extremely motivated. He is a meticulous copy editor with an excellent ‘news sense,’ efficient, questioning, and calmly meeting breaking news deadlines. His interviews are incisive, to the point, and thoughtful, whether hard news or feature, and polite but aggressive. He consistently produces tight, on-target sound bites under tight time constraints.”

— Gary Nunn, CBS News Correspondent and Anchor

 

“Duane is a skilled editor who is a pleasure to work with. He asks the right questions to help clarify a story. All my experiences as a reporter filing stories for Duane have been positive.” 

— Adrienne Bard, CBS News Reporter

 

“To be an editor is to be more than just a good writer (of which being published by the NY Times gives clarion evidence), it takes a great sense of the ebb and flow of the day, or the personalities and talents available—as resources and tools—and a cool head. Duane has all of those qualities, plus he’s a good human being. Hiring Duane is a smart move. That’s probably why CBS did it!”

— Harley Carnes, CBS News Correspondent and Anchor

 

“I’ve known and admired Duane for several years. We served together on the Council of the the Writers Guild of America, East and I was always impressed with Duane’s focus and determination, as well as his integrity, both professionally and personally. I find his writing compelling, particularly his autobiographical work. His prose is truly an extension of the man: vivid and textured, yet to the point. Duane is a devoted colleague and, my instincts tell me, a fine leader. He’s also a heck of a nice guy and I trust his word and judgment. I recommend him highly.”

— David Steven Cohen, Writer