The Press: Florabel

As the Salt Lake City Tribune's first woman reporter, redheaded Florabel Muir wanted to become the first woman to cover an execution. Utah law said executions could be witnessed only by men. Florabel dickered, fumed, finally got the State Attorney General to rule that she was a reporter, not a female.

Born in Rock Springs, Wyo. in 1900, Florabel roughed out a semi-frontier childhood with ten brothers and sisters. After graduation from the University of Washington, she tried schoolteaching, dropped it for reporting. The newspaper circuit took her to the Chicago Herald-Examiner, the now extinct San Francisco Journal, the tabloid New York...

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