American Journalism: “A Dozen Best: Top Biographies and Memoirs of Women in Print Journalism History” by Linda Lumsden

American Journalism,

Vol.  24, Issue 1, pp. 138-144

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Prof. Linda Lumsden, in this 2007 review, summarizes what she considers the top 12 journalism biographies and memoirs of women in print journalism history as of Winter 2007.  In alphabetical order by author, she includes

Tad Bartimus, War Torn: Stories of War from the Women Who Covered Vietnam (2002);

Charles Capper, Margaret Fuller: An American Romantic Life, Vols. 1 and 2 (2007);

Vicki Goldberg, Margaret Bourke-White: A Biography (1986);

Katherine Graham, Personal History (1997);

Marilyn Greenwald, Woman of the Times: Journalism, Feminism, and the Career of Charlotte Curtis (1999);

Brooke Kroeger, Nellie Bly: Daredevil, Reporter, Feminist (1994);

Peter Kurth, American Cassandra: The Life of Dorothy Thompson (1991);

Janice and Stephen Mackinnon: Agnes Smedley: The Life and Times of an American Radical (1988);

Caroline Morehead, Gelhorn: A Twentieth Century Life (2003); Jane Rhodes, Mary Ann Shadd Cary: The Black Press and Protest in the Nineteenth Century, (1999);

Rodger Streitmatter, Raising Her Voice: African American Women Journalists Who Changed History (1994);

Patricia Schechter, Ida B. Wells and American Reform, 1880-1930 (2000).


Of Bly, Lumsden writes:


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2021 Events: “The Branded Journalist: Nellie Bly Changes the Game.” [VIDEO of TALK] Ephemera Society of America, Jan. 14, 2020, 3pm. Nellie Bly: Pioneer of Investigative Journalism.” American Woman Writers National Museum, March 10, 2021, at noon. Empire State Center for the Book, March 18, 2021, 7pm.