Thursday 18 January 2018

Great Female Journalists

Marie Colvin 1956 - 2012: An American journalist who had worked for the The Sunday Times in Britain since 1985.
Marie Colvin 1956 - 2012: An American journalist who had worked for the The Sunday Times in Britain since 1985.

Orla Guerin 1966 -

The former RTE news reporter has worked as a lynchpin on the BBC’s foreign desk for over 15 years.

In 2004, the Israeli government wrote to the BBC accusing Guerin of a ‘deep-seated bias against Israel’ in a report on a teenage would-be suicide bomber. She was removed from the middle east and became the corporation's Africa correspondent.

While with RTE she travelled widely, covering Eastern and Central Europe, the former Soviet Union, the break-up of the former Yugoslavia, and, the siege of the Bosnian capital, Sarajevo.

Farida Nekzad 1978-

Since founding an Afghan news network in 2004, Nekzad has faced death threats from the Taliban and warnings that her body would her family be so disfigured recognise wouldn't her.

Christiane Amanpour 1958 -

Christiane Amanpour is a veteran CNN foreign correspondent now working for ABC in the United States. She covered conflicts including Rwanda, Iraq, the Balkans and the Palestinian territories. She was CNN Chief International Correspondent for 20 years. She's also said to be the world's highest-paid correspondent.

Anna Politkovskaya 1958-2006

A journalist of Ukrainian descent, Politkovskaya was renowned for uncovering human rights abuses in Russia and Chechnya. She was shot dead in Moscow in 2006.

Veronica Guerin 1958-1996

In just two years as a crime reporter Veronica Guerin exposed the misdeeds of drug kingpins like Martin Cahill. She worked for a number of Irish newspapers including the Sunday Independent. She was fatally shot in 1996.

Martha Gellhorn 1908-1998

Cited as an inspiration by Colvin herself, Gellhorn was on the front line at many of the 20th century's major conflicts. She even impersonated a stretcher bearer to witness the D Day landings.

Rachel Beer 1858-1927

In the late 19th century, Beer became the first female editor of a national newspaper, exercising control over both The Sunday Times and The Observer.

Nellie Bly 1864-1922

Bly became the toast of New York after faking mental illness to report from inside an institution and completing Jules Verne's 80-day trip around the world with eight days to spare.

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