The Press: Prime Time for TV Newswomen

The first woman network correspondent to cover a national political convention for TV had a double assignment. She was supposed to interview Bess Truman and Frances Dewey and, while she was at it, apply their pancake makeup. Pauline Frederick rose from that humiliating start in 1948 to a distinguished career as NBC's United Nations correspondent. By the time she retired from NBC in 1974, only a handful of women had followed her into the influential, hotly coveted but obdurately masculine preserve of network reporting.

That is changing. Mindful of the women's movement, fearful of...

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