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Reminiscences of Deborah Leff: oral history, 1992

Creator: Leff, Deborah
Project: Washington Press Club women in journalism oral history collection.
(see all project interviews)
Phys. Desc. :Transcript: 60 pages Sound recording: 4 sound cassettes
Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Biographical Note

Journalist.

Scope and Contents

Childhood; first experiences with writing, Mademoiselle; Walt Whitman High School; Princeton University A.B. 1973; reflections on being in the first coeducation class at Princeton, sexual discrimination, press work coordinator at the National Women's Caucus, 1972, experiences at the 1972 Democratic Convention; withdrawal from NYU Law School to write newscasts for WASH Radio, 1973; University of Chicago Law School J.D. 1977, tension between interests in law and journalism; trial attorney Civil Rights Division U.S. Department of Justice, 1977-79; WJLA-TV, 1981-82, entrance into field of journalism as a newswriter; WLS-TV, 1982-83, first producing job, emmy; Senior Producer ABC Nightline, 1983-89, experiences with staff, Ted Koppel, promotion to Senior Producer, and tensions concerning job potential; strong sexual discrimination as Senior Producer of ABC World News, 1990-91; decision to leave journalism and ABC News 20/20, to enter the non-profit sector as president of the Joyce Foundation, 1992. Transcript includes appendices.

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Copyright by the Washington Press Club Foundation, 1991.

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