Thursday, March 09, 2017

Thursday Thirteen #490

Here are 13 famous U.S. female journalists (in no particular order).

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Ida B. Wells
1. Ida B. Wells (1862–1931), black American journalist prominent in the civil rights and women's suffrage movements.

2. Barbara Walters (b. 1929), first woman to anchor an American evening news program on a major network.

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Helen Thomas
3. Helen Thomas (1920–2013), 50-year member of White House Press Corps, first female officer of the National Press Club, first female member and president of the White House Correspondents' Association, and first female member of the Gridiron Club.

4. Diane Sawyer (b. 1945), first female correspondent on CBS' 60 Minutes. Sawyer is well known for reporting documentaries and investigative journalism. She is the anchor of ABC's evening newscast World News. Sawyer previously co-anchored ABC's Good Morning America.

5. Nellie Bly (1867–1922), an American journalist who led an exposé in which she faked insanity to study a mental institution from within.

Marion Carpenter
6. Marion Carpenter, first female National Press Photographer to cover the White House.

7. Katie Couric (b. 1957), first female anchor to host her own weekday network evening news broadcast, and an anchor and managing editor of CBS Evening News with Katie Couric. Prior to joining CBS, Couric co-anchored NBC's Today Show from 1991 to 2006.

8. Margaret Fuller (1810–1850), first full-time book reviewer in journalism and first female foreign correspondent.

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Martha Gellhorn with Ernest Hemingway
in China
9. Martha Gellhorn (1908–1998), an American novelist, travel writer, and journalist, who is now considered one of the greatest war correspondents of the 20th century. The Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism is named after her.

10. Katharine Graham (1917–2001), publisher of The Washington Post through the Watergate era and the publication of the Pentagon Papers.

11. Rachel Maddow (b. 1973), host of MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show, first openly-gay anchor of a prime-time American news show in the United States.

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Gloria Steinem
12. Gloria Steinem (b. 1934), American media spokeswoman for the women's liberation movement in the late 1960s and 1970s; columnist for New York magazine, co-founded Ms. magazine.

13. Ann Compton (b. 1947), is an American former news reporter and White House correspondent for ABC News Radio. She was the first woman reporting for WDBJ TV, a CBS affiliate in Roanoke. (She graduated from my alma mater and her career started here in my hometown. I have long admired her.)


Thursday Thirteen is played by lots of people; there is a list here if you want to read other Thursday Thirteens and/or play along. I've been playing for a while and this is my 490th time to do a list of 13 on a Thursday.


  1. This is a wonderful list of influential women. They are rock solid, hardworking women, all. Thanks for linking them,too.

  2. I had no idea Barbra Walters was so old. In my mind she's like forty. Wait. I guess that was a few years ago.

  3. I really liked Gwen Ifel. Christiane Amanpour too.


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