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

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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

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: 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

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

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

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

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

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


“Kroeger has made a serious, interesting, scholarly book.” 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