Richard J. Tofel is general manager of ProPublica, the Pulitzer Prize–winning nonprofit devoted to investigative reporting in the public interest, and author of Sounding the Trumpet: The Making of John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address.

John F. Kennedy’s longtime adviser Ted Sorensen died this weekend at the age of 82. Richard J. Tofel recounts Sorensen’s brilliance in penning Kennedy’s famous inaugural address.

The nation’s founders built state capitals in remote areas, to avoid possible tyranny. But with fewer reporters aggressively covering state politics, Richard J. Tofel says corruption will increase precisely because government is so far away.

Apple's latest device has been heralded as a savior for print journalism. But if it drives readers even further away from old-fashioned newsprint, it could inadvertently send revenues into freefall.