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Frederick, Pauline (1908–1990)

Frederick, Pauline (1908–1990)

American journalist, tv and radio news reporter and analyst. Name variations: Pauline Frederick Robbins. Born in Gallitzin, Pennsylvania, Feb 13, 1908; died in Lake Forest, Illinois, May 9, 1990; dau. of Matthew P. (official of the Pennsylvania State Department of Labor) and Susan (Stanley) Frederick; American University, BA in political science, MA in international law.

Became a globetrotting war correspondent for North American Newspaper Alliance (1945); covered the Nuremberg trials and "Big Four" conferences in New York and Paris; joined news staff of American Broadcasting Company (ABC, 1946), where she had an early morning radio show and occasionally worked on the evening tv news; shared the United Nations beat (1947); covered Democratic and Republican conventions, presidential campaign, and inauguration (1948–49); covered Korean War as well as revolutions in Africa and Middle East (1950s); rejoined NBC (1953), where she ultimately became a star and the 1st woman to report serious tv news; remained NBC's "man at the UN" for next 21 years; joined National Public Radio as an international affairs analyst (1974) and moderated the presidential debate between Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford (1976); was the 1st woman elected president of UN Correspondents Association.

See also Women in World History.

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