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Tom Shales (on right) is an American critic of television programming and operations. Born in Elgin, Illinois, he has written for the Washington Post newspaper for several decades. Shales's first job was with radio station WRMN, in Elgin, at the age of 18. He was Entertainment Editor at the Washington Examiner from 1968-1971. He joined The Washington Post as a writer in the Style section in 1972, was named chief television critic in July 1977, and was appointed TV Editor in June 1979. His books include Live from New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live (2002, co-authored with James Andrew Miller), On the Air! and Legends: Remembering America's Greatest Stars. Shales won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1988 for work with the Washington Post.
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