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JHistory First Friday Salon: Preview of Undaunted: How Women Changed American Journalism (coming 2023)

June 3, 2022

The JHistory Salon Presents Brooke Kroeger Discussing Her Forthcoming Book Undaunted: How Women Changed American Journalism

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The Jhistory Salon Meeting Friday June 3 at 2 PM Eastern via Zoom

Brooke Kroeger Discusses her Forthcoming Book Undaunted: How Women Changed American Journalism.

All are welcome to attend.  To receive the Zoom link please contact Elliot King at eking@loyola.edu

The JHistory Salon is an international group that meets the first Friday of every month on Zoom to discuss research and other issues of interest to scholars who study the history of journalism and mass communication. You are invited to join us this Friday June 3 at 2 PM Eastern when Brooke Kroeger, professor emerita of NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, will discuss her forthcoming book Undaunted: How Women Changed American Journalism, which is scheduled to be published next March by Knopf.  To receive the Zoom link, please contact Elliot King at eking@loyola.edu.  All are welcome to participate.

Undaunted: How Women Changed American Journalism examines how women have fared in American journalism, a profession men have dominated since mass media began. It considers the place of journalism’s most successful women as one long continuum, presented chronologically, decade by decade, from 1840 to the present.

Professor Kroeger is the author of five previous books including Nellie Bly: Daredevil, Reporter, FeministFannie: The Talent for Success of Writer Fannie Hurst; and The Suffragents: How Women Used Men to Get the Vote. Prior to joining the faculty at NYU, she was a deputy metropolitan editor at New York Newsday and UN correspondent for Newsday. Before that, in the Scripps Howard days of UPI, she reported and edited from Chicago, Brussels, Tel Aviv, where she was bureau chief from 1980-83, and London, where she served as the chief editor for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa in 1983-84. Her website is located here..

The JHistory Salon is an informal gathering of scholars interested journalism and media history, It includes academics from all stages in their careers as well as independent scholars. In keeping with the spirit of the literary salons of the 18th and 19th century, participants are invited mix their own refreshments for the meeting.  The cocktail of choice for this month’s meeting is the Wisconsin Brandy Old-Fashioned

Here is the recipe:


  • 1 sugar cube (1 teaspoon sugar)
  • 4 dashes Angostura bitters
  • ½ teaspoon water
  • 4 tablespoons (2 ounces) brandy
  • Topper: 1 splash of lemon lime soda (Sweet), sour mix or grapefruit soda (Sour), 50/50 lemon lime soda and soda water (Press), or soda water (Soda)
  • Ice, for serving (try clear ice)
  • For the garnish: Orange peel or slice, cocktail cherry, pickled mushrooms, olives or pickled Brussels sprouts (editor’s note: apparently people in Wisconsin do garnish drinks with pickled Brussel sprouts.)


  1. Place the sugar cube in a lowball glass and add the bitters. Add the water and mash and swirl it with a muddler or wooden spoon until the sugar is mostly dissolved.
  2. Add the brandy and swirl to combine. Add a large ice cube.
  3. Top off the glass with the desired topper (above). Garnish and serve.

Here is some background  about the drink.

The Wisconsin Old Fashioned is the state’s variation on the classic Old Fashioned cocktail, with brandy and lemon lime soda. The typical Old Fashioned recipe uses bourbon mixed with a muddled sugar cube and bitters. So where did the brandy Old Fashioned come from?

Here’s the theory according to Jerry Minnich. A company of brothers debuted their Korbel brandy at the World’s Fair in 1893 in Chicago, which lots of Wisconsinites attended. A large percentage of Wisconsin at the time was German, and Germans preferred brandy over bourbon. Korbel brandy become a hit, and birthed this state’s funky variation on the classic cocktail.

I hope that you will join us on Friday June 3 at 2 PM Eastern.  Once again, for the Zoom Link, please contact Elliot King at eking@loyola.edu