The Press: A Beat for Grandma

As a reporter on the San Francisco Chronicle, Bernice Freeman, 48, in her spare time once edited a weekly in nearby San Rafael. On her staff was an amiable cub reporter named George Boles. "George didn't turn out to be a very good reporter," she recalls, "but he had a flair for excitement and wrote the most marvelous stories. Only we couldn't print them—libel, you know." So his career as a reporter was short. When Bernice Freeman gave up the weekly job and began devoting all her time to the Chronicle, George fell into the habit of calling her from...

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