Pauline Frederick Reporting is the biography of the life and career of the first woman to become a network news correspondent. After no less an authority than Edward R. Murrow told her there was no place for her in broadcasting, Pauline Frederick (1908–90) cracked the good old boys’ club through determination and years of hard work, eventually becoming a trusted voice to millions of television viewers.
During Frederick’s nearly fifty years as a journalist, she interviewed a young Fidel Castro, covered the Nuremberg trials, interpreted diplomatic actions at the United Nations, and was the first woman to moderate a presidential debate. The life of this pivotal figure in American journalism provides an inside perspective on the growth and political maneuverings of television networks as well as Frederick’s relationships with iconic NBC broadcast figures David Brinkley, Chet Huntley, and others.
Although Frederick repeatedly insisted that she would trade her career, glamorous as it was, to have a family, a series of romances ended in heartache when she did indeed choose her work over love. At the age of sixty-one, however, she married and attained the family life she had always wanted. Her story is one for all modern women striving to balance career and family.
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Table of Contents
List of Photographs xi
1 A Quirk of Fate 1
2 Polly the Prizewinner 13
3 Talking about Serious Things 49
4 Television's Merciless Eye 64
5 Crisis Pauline 85
6 Perils of Pauline 102
7 The Great Assembly Hall 130
8 If Not Miss Frederick, Who? 149
9 Death of the Peacock 173
10 Liberating the Airwaves 195
11 Good News, Bad News, and Agnews 219
12 Full Circle 240
13 Out of the Box 260
Notes and Sources 273
Selected Bibliography 315