The Press: Death of a Reporter

"The fastest mind with which I have ever come in contact," said President Woodrow Wilson. "Probably the most charming extravert in the Western world," marveled a rival editor. Ebullient, egocentric, suave and unflaggingly dynamic, Herbert Bayard Swope stood splendidly apart in an era of splendid individualists. As reporter, foreign correspondent and executive editor on the famed New York World—Joseph Pulitzer's proudest monument—Swope gave a glamorous flair to the incisive, personalized brand of U.S. journalism that flourished before World War I and stretched into the '20s.

Son of a prosperous watchcase manufacturer, Swope grew up in St. Louis, passed up college to...

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