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Malvina Stephenson began working for the Tulsa World after receiving a master's degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma in 1936. Though she moved to Washington to cover the nation's capital in 1940, her relationship with the Tulsa World continued for over 50 years. In this oral history, she talks about her work as an early female reporter at the Tulsa World and in Washington.
In Washington, Stephenson established an independent news bureau, attended Roosevelt's funeral, witnessed the Watergate period, and served as Robert S. Kerr's press secretary (she would go on to write his official biography).
The interview took place in 1980 and concludes with a question from Danna Sue Walker on the future of journalism at that time:
The entire interview is available here.
Transcription provided by citizen archivist Jason (thanks, Jason!)
Photograph courtesty of the Carl Albert Center, University of Oklahoma