As one who covers the profession, I’ve often been asked, “How can you write about accounting if you’re not a CPA?”

Ninety-nine percent of the time it’s asked honestly, with nary a hint of sarcasm. I usually don’t have a pat answer but on occasion, I in turn ask them if a sportswriter needs to be an ex-major leaguer to accurately cover the baseball beat for a newspaper for magazine. That usually — if you’ll pardon the pun — drives home the point.

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