Pauline Frederick Reporting: A Pioneering Broadcaster Covers the Cold War by
Call Number: PN 4874 .F636 G74 2014
Publication Date: 2014
This biography discusses 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 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 50 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 61, 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.