ERIC Number: ED204757
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Lorena A. Hickok: Woman Journalist.
Lorena A. Hickok was a notable woman journalist of the early twentieth century whose career was greatly altered by her friendship with Eleanor Roosevelt. After reporting for several newspapers across the country, Hickok became one of the first women hired by the Associated Press wire service (AP) in 1928. She was assigned to cover Eleanor Roosevelt during Franklin Roosevelt's first campaign for the presidency of the United States, at which time they became very good friends. Hickok later became the first reporter to conduct an on-the-record interview with a First Lady. However, when their friendship began to conflict with her loyalty to the AP, Hickok resigned from that organization in 1933. As an investigator for the Federal Emergency Relief Administration, Hickok's reports from her fact-finding tours contained information on unemployment and relief, but also captured the human side of the bitterness and heroism of Americans caught in economic disaster. In the 1950s Hickok and Mrs. Roosevelt coauthored a book on women in politics, and in 1962 Hickok wrote a biography of Mrs. Roosevelt. Before her death in 1968, Hickok lamented the loss of her notable newspaper career, saying it was the only thing she had done really well. (HTH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Historical Materials; Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Maryland Univ., College Park, Graduate School.; Eleanor Roosevelt Inst., Hyde Park, NY.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Associated Press; Depression (Economic 1929); Hickok (Lorena A); Roosevelt (Eleanor)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism (64th, East Lansing, MI, August 8-11, 1981).