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Reminiscences of Ruth Ashton Taylor: oral history, 1992

Creator: Taylor, Ruth Ashton
Project: Washington Press Club women in journalism oral history collection.
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Phys. Desc. :Transcript: 158 pages Sound recording: 9 sound cassettes Videorecording: 5 Betacam videocassettes
Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Biographical Note


Scope and Contents

Description of childhood in Los Angeles, California and Shelton, Nebraska; Scripps College, B.A., 1943; Columbia School of Journalism, M.A., 1944; recollections of WWII: relocation of Japanese-Americans; first marriage in 1949, children, divorce, second marriage in 1968; employment with CBS Radio News during WWII and late 1940s: reflections on major figures at CBS Radio News, description of staff and programming, production of news story on atomic energy, women in broadcasting; radio broadcaster, Los Angeles, 1950s and 1960s: "Firing Line" radio program, 1964-66; KNX Television, Los Angeles: nightly woman's angle show, coverage of Rose Parade, political conventions; host, "The Ruth and Pat Show," 1962-64; "Newsmakers" show; coverage of fires in Los Angeles County; description of expansion of networks: increased programming, personnel changes, layoffs, cost-cutting, technological improvements; contracts, salary, and length of work week; retirement in 1989; awards received; reflections on the different experiences of men and women in broadcasting; reflections on major life influences; importance of age and appearance in broadcasting; reflections on marriage, motherhood and career.


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Copyright by the Washington Press Club Foundation, 1990.

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