EVENT: IDentities with Melania Soriani and Brooke Kroeger -Firenze – June 30, 2022

Comunicato stampa L’associazione La Nottola di Minerva Presenta   BLY – Melania Soriani Ospite straordinario in collegamento via cavo: Brooke Kroeger (Giornalista, scrittrice e docente dell’Università di Giornalismo di New York) Nell’ambito della rassegna IDENTITIES. Leggere il contemporaneo, giunta ormai … continue reading



PODCAST: Journalism History – Brooke Kroeger with Nick Hirshon on Nellie Bly

“… all before she was 25.” continue reading

EVENT: Nellie Bly for the American Women Writers Museum, March 10, 2021

Presentation for the American Women Writers Museum, March 10, 2021:  

VIDEO: Nellie Bly for the Empire State Center for the Book via the Princeton Club of NYC, March 18, 2021

Youtube of presentation, for the Empire State Center for the Book via the Princeton Club of NYC, 18 March 2021:    

PODCAST: ABC [Australia] Radio: “Nightlife: This Week in History: Nellie Bly

“Indira Naioo is joined by biographer Brooke Kroeger who beautifully reveals the background and accomplishments by this pioneer, investigative journalist, business leader and inventor.” continue reading

PODCAST: TransAtlantic History Ramblings: Nellie Bly The Woman, the Legend with Award-Winning Author Brooke Kroeger


EVENT: “The Branded Journalist: Nellie Bly Changes the Game” – Ephemera Society of America, 40th Annual Conference

January 14, 2021 Here is the link to the video of my virtual presentation on Nellie Bly to the Ephemera Society of America: BROOKE KROEGER The Branded Journalist: Nellie Bly Changes the Game Brooke Kroeger is a professor of journalism … continue reading

NOTICE: Brainpickings by Maria Popova “Nellie Bly Makes the News”

“Kroeger — who was moved by a biographical sketch of Bly she read when she was ten, then decided to write the first thorough, accurate biography of this inspiring but underappreciated role model when her own daughter turned ten — captures the animating force of Bly’s uncommon character. . . ” continue reading

NOTICE: Washington Post: She Went Undercover to Expose Insane Asylum Horrors and Now Nellie Bly Is Getting Her Due

“Two days later, on Oct. 9, 1887, the New York World printed the first part of Bly’s two-part illustrated series on the front page of the Sunday feature section. The blaring headlines of the second installment enticed readers: “Inside the Madhouse,” “Nelly Bly’s Experience in the Blackwell’s Island Asylum,” “How the City’s Unfortunate Wards are Fed and Treated,” “The Terrors of Cold Baths and Cruel, Unsympathetic Nurses,” according to Kroeger’s book.” continue reading

NOTICE: “The 23-Year-Old Woman Who Pioneered Investigative Journalism” – The Atlantic

“Women had no status in journalism when she started working,” Brooke Kroeger, Bly’s biographer, says in the film. “They weren’t in the newsrooms … The only roles for women were as columnists writing about society, about gardens, about fashion, about food.” continue reading

NOTICE: Brains Out Podcast: The Scoop on Journalism – Prove it!

Nellie Bly is featured in this podcast for children, released 16 October 2018. https://www.brainson.org/shows/2018/10/16/the-scoop-on-journalism-prove-it-part-3    

EVENT: Nellie Bly: From Blackwell’s Island to Well Beyond – A lecture for the Roosevelt Island Historical Society at the New York Public Library, Roosevelt Island Branch.

“So I told her whole story in 45 minutes. Here’s the tape.” continue reading

NOTICE: Degrees of Separation in “A Woman’s Place” – The March 25, 2018 New York Times Sunday Book Review

March 24, 2018   My friend Nell Scovell has a new book out about the triumphs and travails of her life so far as a woman who writes TV comedy. Have you seen it?     The March 25, 2018 … continue reading

NOTICE: The New York Times Book Review: New & Noteworthy, March 25, 2018

“[Bly’s] writing could flirt both with tedium and turgidity. Some stories seemed more truthy than truthful. But what stories!” continue reading

ARTICLE: Gotham Center for New York City History: “When the Suffrage Movement Got Its Makeover On” by Brooke Kroeger

“Bly’s point was this: intellectual or not, for a woman, neglect of appearance is a weakness, not a strength. “And in working for a cause,” she went on, “I think it is wise to show the men that its influence does not make woman any the less attractive.” Even more to the point, she said, “Dress is a great weapon in the hands of a woman if rightly applied. It is a weapon men lack, so women should make the most of it. Why not use the powerful means of pretty clothes?” continue reading

NOTICE: Accademia Dei Sensi: Nellie Bly #Almanacco quotidiano, a cura di #MarioBattacchi

  http://www.accademiadeisensi.it/ GIOVEDÌ 25 GENNAIO 2018 #Almanacco quotidiano, a cura di #MarioBattacchi Buongiorno, oggi è il 25 gennaio. Il 25 gennaio 1890 Nellie Bly completa il suo giro del mondo in 72 giorni. A Washington, il Wall Street Journal l’ … continue reading

NOTICE: American History Magazine: Nellie Bly: Crusading Troublemaker, February 2018

At Jersey City’s Pennsylvania Station, officials welcome Nellie Bly home after her record-breaking 72-day global journey. Nellie Bly: Crusading Troublemaker BY LIESL BRADNER FEBRUARY 2018 • AMERICAN HISTORY MAGAZINE Journalism took pioneering female reporter undercover and around the world in … continue reading

POST: New York Evening Journal, March 3, 1913

Nellie Bly, a parade herald, and her coverage of the great 1913 Women’s Suffrage parade in Washington parade the day before the inauguration of President Woodrow Wilson. continue reading

POST: Full Circle: Woodlawn, Nellie Bly, Undercover Reporting, and The Suffragents

August 18, 2017 Among the events lined up so far for The Suffragents (Facebook lists them most handily or look below) is one now being scheduled for October 22, 2017, at the Woodlawn Conservancy . This invitation was especially pleasing to me—much like … continue reading

EVENT: The Corner Bookstore NYC, September 11, Nellie Bly, and The Suffragents

June 8, 2017 The Corner Bookstore at 93rd and Madison Avenue, New York City, confirmed today an event for The Suffragents: How Women Used Men to Get the Vote at 6pm on Monday, September 11. This is especially meaningful and not just … continue reading

Smithsonian: These Women Reporters Went Undercover To Get the Most Important Scoops Today

Writing Under Pseudonyms, the So-called Girl Stunt Reporters of the Late 19th Century Played a Major Role in Exposing the Nation’s Ills http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/women-reporters-undercover-most-important-scoops-day-180960775/ November 2016 By Kim Todd These Women Reporters Went Undercover to Get the Most Important Scoops of … continue reading

a Nellie Bly Excerpt from Undercover Reporting: The Truth About Deception

An Excerpt about Nellie Bly from Brooke Kroeger’s 2012 Undercvoer Reporting: The Truth about Deception pages 63-68 By Brooke Kroeger excerpt-undercover-reporting    

POST: NELLIE BLY RESOURCES: For Researchers-Life-Long-Lerners-and-National History Day Contestants

Will Nellie Bly be your topic for this year’s National History Day competition? And will you want to get in touch with me for an interview with a living person? If so, since there are always so many of you, … continue reading

NOTICE: Nellie Bly’s Record-Breaking Trip Around the World Was, to Her Surprise, A Race

In 1889, the intrepid journalist under took her voyage, mainly by steamship and train, unknowingly competing against a reporter from a rival publication. continue reading

NOTICE: Washington Post: “Nellie Bly’s Google Doodle’s 1st original song (Karen O) Salutes an American Original”

  Nellie Bly Google Doodles First Original Song Karen O Salutes an American Original By Michael Cavna https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/comic-riffs/wp/2015/05/05/nellie-bly-google-doodles-1st-original-song-karen-o-salutes-an-american-original/ Nellie Bly- Google Doodle’s 1st original song (Karen O) salutes an American original – The Washington Post

Nellie Bly: Daredevil, Reporter, Feminist

Nellie Bly was “the best reporter in America” wrote THE NEW YORK EVENING JOURNAL on the occasion of her death in 1922. NELLIE BLY: DAREDEVIL, REPORTER, FEMINIST is the first fully documented biography of Bly and integrates a wealth of previously unknown information with a reporter’s zeal for the hard fact. It is the first attempt to give us this legendary figure in all her complexity: the most famous woman journalist of her day, an extraordinary American industrialist, and a compelling humanitarian. Hers is not only an inspiring personal tale, but the story of an exemplar of an age when American women were vigorously asserting their right – indeed, their need – to shape history itself. continue reading

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

“Kroeger’s voluminous research—some might say too voluminous—shows Bly’s impact on journalism in the yellow-tinged era of William Randolph Hearst and her boss the innovative Joseph Pulitzer.” continue reading

REVIEW: Nellie Bly: Daredevil, Reporter, Feminist, paperback, 1996, American Journalism, Vol. 13, 1996, pp. 242-244

“It is rare when so comprehensive a book comes along so scarcely researched a topic, but that is what Brooke Kroeger dleivers with Nellie Bly. She gives us a masterpiece so thoroughly researched and so vivid in detail that it leaves the rader believing no stone has been left unturned, no record unchecked, no evidence carelessly tossed aside. . . ” “Kroeger calls her efforts ‘paltry’ compared with other biographers, but looking at the dearth of previous research, she is clearly being modest.” continue reading


What emerged from the National Archives in the research for a biography of Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman, aka Nellie Bly. continue reading

REVIEW: Nellie Bly: Daredevil, Reporter, Feminist, American Journalism, Vol. 12, No. 4, Fall 1995

“This is not a biography of the ‘heroic’ vein but rather one that paints its subject in all the glowing detail of real life —warts and all.” continue reading

REVIEW: Nellie Bly: Daredevil, Reporter, Feminist – Journalism History, Vol. 20, Iss. 2, Summer 1994

“This is a much-needed book. The fact that there had never been a serious biography of arguably the most wellknown
woman journalist in America spoke poorly of the state of women in journalism history. That weakness has
been bolstered by Kroeger’s interesting and readable chronicle of the woman who raised stunt journalism to an art
form . . . ” continue reading

REVIEW: WOMEN’S REVIEW OF BOOKS – “The Personificaton of Pluck”

“Brooke Kroeger knows how to tell a splendid and gripping story . . .” continue reading

REVIEW: New York Observer, NPR Fresh Air – Review – “Nellie Bly’s Gonzo Journalism Cloaked in Victoriana”

“[as if] archeologists . . . remembered right before they sealed up their excavation tunnels that they’d forgotten . . . the sarcophagus of King Tut.” continue reading

REVIEW: WALL STREET JOURNAL – “The Mother of All Girl Reporters”

“Picture George Plimpton in a bustle, and you have an idea of the heroine of Brooke Kroeger’s “Nellie Bly: Daredevil, Reporter, Feminist.” continue reading

REVIEW: WASHINGTON POST – Nellie Bly: Daredevil, Reporter, Feminist

” . . . Kroeger makes an impressive case for this most famous stunt girl as a multidimensional feminist.” continue reading

REVIEW: NEW YORK TIMES – “Her Place Was in the News”

“An absorbing biography . . .” continue reading

REVIEW: NEWSDAY – “More Work Less Talk”

“When it comes to Bly’s private life, Kroeger’s meticulous research pays off.” continue reading

REVIEW; AMERICAN JOURNALISM – Nellie Bly: Daredevil, Reporter, Feminist

“Kroeger tells this story briskly and thoroughly. Her work is both a good read and an important historical rescue mission.” continue reading

ARTICLE, SPEECH: FREEDOM FORUM – Nellie Bly’s Forgotten Sisters

   Speech to Fellows of The Freedom Forum Media Studies Center (and at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.) NELLIE BLY’S FORGOTTEN SISTERS: Recovering the Long-Lost History of Women in Journalism September 22, 1993 Brooke Kroeger bk-freedomforum-sisters Listen to this list of … continue reading