I hope that all is well with you. I wanted to reach out, because I’m working on an investigative piece about _______________. I know that this is a topic of special interest to you, and I appreciate you having shared your insights and expertise with me in the past.
For this next article, I’m branching out and writing specifically about _______________. I heard that you are on good terms with _______________, who works directly with _______________. This is a perspective I desperately need for my story. Might you feel comfortable reaching out to them on my behalf?
It would be a great help to my project, and ultimately a service to readers, if I could interview _______________. I understand they will be hesitant to talk to a reporter, but perhaps if you vouch for me, that will help pave the way.
Specifically, you might mention that you were pleased with how I put things into proper context in my articles and the fact that I respected your desire to keep some things off the record or on background.
Thank you for considering speaking in my favor to _______________.
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