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“Like a Comet Streaking Across the Sky”: The Investigative Journalism of Eva Valesh

February 17, 2023


This is Ben Heath’s podcast for the Minneculture series of about the journalist-turned-labor-agitator Eva Valesh, a Minnesota “stunt girl” of 1880s journalism in the vein of Nellie Bly. The piece features excerpts from Valesh’s work with commentary from her biographer, Elizabeth Faue, a professor at Wayne State University, and a segue from me into the potent Bly legacy and the nature, controversy over, and value of undercover reporting. More about Eva and the page Upton Sinclair seems to have borrowed from her, here.