One word describes why Tim White looms head and shoulders over the competition: gravitas. Unlike other anchor types, who cover the war by cheerleading from the sidelines, White actually went where the action was - and not to report as an "embedded journalist." A brigadier general in the Air Force Reserve, White was briefly deployed to Iraq this year, where he helped coordinate communication between the military and the media. It wasn't his first rodeo - he also did tours of duty in Panama and Bosnia in the early 1990s. He's a fine journalist, as evidenced by his induction into the Ohio Radio and Television Broadcasters Hall of Fame and his receipt of a regional Emmy for his anchor work. Granted, we don't particularly like his folksy commentaries between news segments, but they're a lot more palatable when we know that they're coming from a badass who can still hold his own in a war zone.