One of the things I respect about Joe is that he digs deep and often reports on stories that others don't. One example is this piece on Bill Belichick from 2006. Belichick had pulled over on Route 95 after seeing a bad car accident, playing a part in helping the injured driver.
I remember when Joe wrote that story and thinking to myself, "How did he possibly know about that?"
As I later found out, it's because Joe is well connected. He also goes about his business in a professional manner that makes people like Belichick comfortable talking to him.