The Year of the Whistle-Blowers

As you can imagine, I usually have no trouble persuading people to be on the cover of TIME. In fact, I spend much more time explaining to politicians and celebrities why I decided not to put them on the cover. So it was a refreshing, if frustrating, experience when I called FBI whistle-blower Coleen Rowley in July and asked if she would cooperate with us for a profile about her in our 9/11 anniversary issue. She gave me just about the flattest no I've ever received. "There are so many people more deserving," she insisted, including her colleagues in her Minneapolis,...

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