Developing Active Reading Skills

Reading actively means holding an inner dialogue with the author. Pitts' writing style encourages this dialogue: he wants us to question what he is saying, to compare it to what we already know, and to look deep into our own hearts to make it personally meaningful. Nevertheless, reading actively is a skill that everyone must continually develop, and it involves strategies that are very different from the passive posture that we adopt, for example, when we watch television. The links below provide some resources that will help you enjoy Pitts' book and develop your active reading skills.

Byron Pitts

About the Author: Byron Pitts

CBS News Chief National Correspondent, Contributing
Correspondent, 60 Minutes and Author, Step Out On Nothing

Known for his thought-provoking coverage and his commitment to exceptional storytelling, Byron Pitts is a multiple Emmy award winning journalist. As Chief National Correspondent for CBS Evening News With Katie Couric, Pitts was an embedded reporter covering the Iraq War and was recognized for his work under fire. Pitts was also CBS' lead correspondent at Ground Zero immediately following the September 11th attacks and won an Emmy for his coverage. A news veteran with over 20 years of experience, other major stories include the war in Afghanistan, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the military buildup in Kuwait and the refugee crisis in Kosovo, to name but a few. Pitts realized a life-long goal when he was named a Contributing Correspondent to CBS' 60 Minutes in 2009.

Pitts' many achievements are all the more extraordinary when he tells of the many obstacles he faced as a child. Raised by a single mother in a working class neighborhood in Baltimore, Pitts was illiterate until the age of twelve and had a persistent stutter. Capitalizing on his desire to play football, his mother mandated he receive Bs or above in school in order to play. With that focus, Pitts learned to read and went on to attend Ohio Wesleyan University. With the help of his roommate and a college professor, Pitts found the support and encouragement necessary to pursue a career in broadcast journalism–a field that demands excellence in writing and speaking. By staying focused, setting simple and achievable goals and finding strength in faith, Pitts overcame his powerful odds and his disability. He graduated in 1982 with a BA in Journalism and Speech Communication.


Links to Interviews and Reviews

Macmillan Books
National Public Radio
CBS News

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