Ruth Hagy Brod’s varied career as a journalist, documentary filmmaker and literary agent made her the ideal publicity director for Job Orientation In the Neighborhoods, helping high school dropouts train for careers. Brod studied at the Chicago School of Music before turning to journalism in the 1930s, editing for Hollywood magazines. In 1938, she moved to more serious journalism, working for various Philadelphia, Chicago, and New York papers over several years. During World War II, she did publicity work for the Treasury Department’s War Chest and Savings Bond campaigns. After the war, she served as women’s editor of the Philadelphia Bulletin, creating the College News Conference, where college students could question politicians about current events. She created a Peace Corps documentary and served as a Far East news correspondent before returning to America to launch Ruth Hagy Productions and News Service. In the mid-1960s, she was asked to develop JOIN and became founder-director of Mayor Lindsay’s Coordinating Council. In later life, she coauthored a wide variety of books and served as a literary agent to, among others, Allard K. Lowenstein, an activist slain in 1980, and Jimmy Hoffa, whose memoirs she was negotiating when he disappeared.
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