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First Five Now: A History of America’s ‘Girl Stunt Reporters’
March 25, 2021 @ 2:00 pm EDTFree
Kim Todd talks about her new book, “Sensational: The Hidden History of America’s ‘Girl Stunt Reporters,” which profiles women journalists who went undercover in the waning years of the 19th century.
The book tells the stories of women, including the legendary Nellie Bly, who dressed in shabby clothes and sneaked into textile mills to report on factory conditions, slipped behind the scenes at corrupt adoption agencies and fainted in the street to test treatment at public hospitals.
In recognition of Women’s History Month, and in an era when journalism is under attack with accusations of fake news, the book profiles women reporting and advocating for human rights and illustrates the importance of a free press.
Todd is an award-winning author, faculty member at the University of Minnesota and senior fellow with the Environmental Leadership Program.
This program will premiere March 25 at 2 p.m. Eastern on our YouTube channel.
First Five Now is a Freedom Forum conversation that explores topical issues and features current newsmakers who are using the five freedoms of the First Amendment to guide their work.