Washington, D.C., is a city of hustlers and manipulators, full of pitfalls for the journalist, and covered by some of the most experienced reporters in the U.S.
It stands to reason that the newspaper correspondent conceded by his colleagues to be Washington's all-round best would be cynical and a bit smug. He isn't.
The Chicago Daily News's Peter Lisagor, 55, has made his mark by 20 years of hard work and humor, and if he has scooped every competitor and pulled every beard in the capital, he remains the most popular newsman in town.
Laughter is Lisagor's calling card. He has stepped on...