Monday, May 05, 2008

She beat Phileas Fogg

Today according to Australian Eastern Standard Time when this item was posted
1865 Nellie Bly (d. January 27, 1922), pseudonym of Elizabeth Jane Cochran/Cochrane, a pioneering American female investigative journalist.

On January 25, 1890, Bly bettered Phileas Fogg's fictional feat in Around the World in Eighty Days by doing it in just 72 days, six hours, eleven minutes and fourteen seconds after her departure from Hoboken, New Jersey, on November 14, 1889.

Born to Judge Michael Cochran and Mary Jane Kennedy Cochran, part of the large Cochran family of Apollo, Pennsylvania, Elizabeth Cochrane revolutionized journalism for women.

In September 1887, Bly talked her way into the office of John Cockerill, managing editor of Joseph Pulitzer's New York World. Cockerill hired the unknown journalist and gave Bly her first assignment – to be committed to the Women's Lunatic Asylum on Blackwell's Island. Impersonating an insane woman, Nellie Bly came back from the asylum ten days later with stories of cruel beatings, ice cold baths and forced, rancid meals. This adventurous and daring stunt propelled Bly into the limelight of New York journalism, and, at only 23, Nellie Bly had become a pioneer of a proud tradition that was well known in the West until the early 21st Century: investigative journalism ...

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