"...can think of no journalist I've known whose poetry I would read."
I'm not clear whether you mean "known personally" or "known of" or how you mean "known (contemporary?)," but what of Walt Whitman? Don Marquis?
I'm fairly sure there are some other names lurking in the back of my brain I can't quite tickle forth at the moment.
You're right -- for the record, I mean known personally, and I've known a fair number.