Pyle overcame his childhood shyness and awkwardness around people, developing a knack for interviewing.
He parlayed that into becoming a war correspondent, whose riveting accounts of the London Blitz caught everyone’s attention.
Pyle’s work left no room for abstractions. He wrote about the world of a soldier: “… perpetual dust choking you, the hard ground wracking your muscles, the snatched food sitting ill on your stomach … heat and flies … and when will we ever stop.”
Pyle—as does every leader in his or her field—took great pains to feel what his people (in this case, the soldiers he covered) were feeling, what drove them and what they had to overcome to succeed.
— Adapted from “Ernie Pyle: From Hoosier Farm Boy to the GI’s Friend,” John E. Miller, American History.