No one takes the local pulse better than Kansas City Week in Review host Nick Haines. What other TV head this year scored 25 minutes of on-air one-on-one time with Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback? And once he got that get, Haines held nothing back. His U.K. accent keeps his delivery hypnotically polite, but the man doesn't lob softballs. Whether the Port Talbot, Wales, native is conducting an interview or moderating the PBS station's must-see Friday panel of newsies, he knows when to jump in and when to get out of the way. He's an affable host and a pointed questioner, and anyone interested in the political lowdown in the city should be watching him.