Best TV Personality - 2008
Charlie Rose isn't the only PBS-head who can conduct intelligent, one-on-one, no-frills interviews with a variety of interesting personalities. Houston's Ernie Manouse, host of InnerVIEWS, has been doing just that for years. His diverse guests have included Molly Ivins, Calvin Trillin, k.d. lang, Isaac Hayes, Jamie Foxx and Anne Rice. Manouse asks smart, thoughtful questions and never tries to hog the camera or talk over his guests. His subtle, witty and sharp style has earned him a host of Emmy nominations and awards from the Press Club of Dallas, among others. If you haven't already, check him out and see how long it takes you to think, "Hey, this is pretty damn good."