Nellie Bly

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Nellie Bly A reminder to all on your willingness to recruit students for the 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 speaker in Davis 418. The speaker will be Brooke Kroeger, author of the new Nellie Bly biography: "Nellie Bly: Daredevil, Reporter, Feminist." Background on Brooke Kroeger: She worked for many years for United Press International with postings in Chicago, Brussels, London and Tel Aviv. In Tel Aviv she served as bureau chief from 1981 to 1983 before moving to London to become chief editor for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. She joined the Newsday staff in 1984 as U.N. correspondent -- where her assignments included the trial of Ariel Sharon vs. Time, Inc., and the UN conference on the decade of women in Nairobi, Kenya. She later became a deputy metropolitan editor at New York Newsday. As a free-lance writer, her articles have appeared in The New York Times, Mirabella and McCalls. Born in Kansas City, she currently lives in NYC. ABOUT NELLIE BLY (someone suggested our students might not know about Nellie Bly, so here's a brief bio): She was born Elizabeth Jane Cochran in Cochran's Mills, Pa., on May 5, 1864 and died in Brooklyn on Jan. 27, 1922. Her obit in the New York Evening Journal said: "She was considered to be the best reporter in America." She took her pen name from Stephen Foster's folk song, "Nelly Bly." Nellie's first six years were spent in Cochran's Mills; her next 10 in Apollo. Her father's mansion still stands at 505 Terrace Ave. From Sept. to Dec. 1879, she attended Indiana Normal School. In the 1880's, she pioneered the development of investigative reporting. By donkey, horseback, rickshaw, elephant, steamship and train, she circled the globe in 72 days in 1889-90, faster than any living or fictional soul. Racehorses, steamships and locomotives were named after her. She was the first woman to report from the Eastern front in WWI. She interviewed the great national personalities of her day, including Civil War veteran Col. William Sirwell of Kittanning, Emma Goldman, Susan B. Anthony, Eugene Debs, prizefighters John L. Sullivan and Jack Dempsey. She was the author of four books. She has been honored by the New York Press club, the Pennsylvania Newspaper Hall of Fame, the Ford City Area Hall of Fame and with a monument in
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