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Tom McCarthy (Scott Templeton)
Working his way up from the Wichita Eagle and Kansas City Star, Scott Templeton has made it to The Baltimore Sun, but he still sees his job as a general assignment reporter there as a stop along the way to a real newspaper like the Washington Times or Post. The self-promoting Templeton is hungry and willing to go to great lengths for a plum assignment. His prose reflects his ambition: overwrought with a tendency towards exaggeration. He's a favorite of Whiting and Klebanow, and someone Gus Haynes keeps a tight leash on.