Sunday, February 15, 2009

Edith Kinney Gaylord

Has anyone written a biography of Oklahoman Edith Kinney Gaylord? She had a fascinating professional career and left a major legacy for Oklahoma and the United States in the Inasmuch Foundation and the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

The daughter of Inez and E.K. Gaylord, she was the first female employee on the Associated Press general news staff. She worked in New York but was soon assigned to their Washington, D.C. bureau. When First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt insisted that the AP provide a female reporter, they sent Edith Gaylord. She served as president of the National Women's Press Club.
Today there are professorships and libraries and school of journalism buildings across the nation named for her. She deserves a well written biography. If there is one out there already, someone please let me know!

1 comment:

  1. agreed! i'd love to know more. the gazette did a nice story a few years back, but i can't find it on their site.