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Outspoken and ambitious, Dorothy Thompson became a well-known journalist during the 1930s to the 1950s.
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Outspoken and ambitious, Dorothy Thompson became a well-known journalist during the 1930s to the 1950s. She was known as a trailblazer in her field, sometimes referred to as the “First Lady of American Journalism.” “On the Record,” her syndicated column, reached millions, and in 1937, she started writing another column for Ladies’ Home Journal, for whom which she worked on until her death.
Journalist, writer. Born on July 9, 1893, in Lancaster, New York. Outspoken and ambitious, Dorothy Thompson became a well-known journalist during the 1930s to the 1950s. She was known as a trailblazer in her field—sometimes referred to as the “First Lady of American Journalism.” In the early 1910s, she began giving speeches in support of women’s suffrage. Thompson became a foreign correspondent in Europe after finding her own way there during World War I. She reported from Vienna and became the bureau chief for New York Evening Post in Berlin during the 1920s.
With her career on the rise, Dorothy Thompson landed her own syndicated column in 1936. “On the Record” reached millions of readers across the country. In 1937, she started writing another column for Ladies’ Home Journal, and she remained a contributor to the publication until her death. Also around this time, Thompson could be heard on the radio. She became one of the most well-known figures in American media. Thompson was known for her conservative politics and for becoming one of the early, vehement voices against Adolf Hitler and his deadly regime. In her first book, she explored her anti-communism position in New Russia (1928). Other works include Essentials of Democracy (1938), Let the Record Speak (1939), and Developments of Our Times (1948).
During her life, Dorothy Thompson was married three times. She was married to writer Josef Bard from 1922 to 1927. Another literary match, she wed author Sinclair Lewis in 1928. The couple had a son together and divorced in 1942. The next year, Thompson married artist Maxim Kopf and the marriage lasted until his death in 1958. She died on January 31, 1961, in Lisbon, Portugal.
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