stolid \ ˈstä-ləd \ adjective
: having or revealing little emotion or sensibility; not easily aroused or excited
The word stolid has appeared in 17 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on March 24 in “The Evening News Is Back” by John Koblin:
Sober and straightforward, evening news programs were a chief information delivery system for decades, led by stolid anchors who guided viewers through triumphs and tragedies alike.
But they long ago lost their agenda-setting influence, supplanted by cable news networks that performed roughly the same function 24 hours a day. And they have been pushed further into the background in recent years by digital media, with its minute-by-minute chronicling of events.
The pandemic has brought back millions of viewers. For now, at least, a concise, crisply produced news program, devoid of the punditry and histrionics typical of many cable broadcasts, seems to match the national moment.