Betty Ross

At the cutting edge of journalism for her time, Betty Ross travelled the globe in search of stories and was one of the first journalists to experiment with radio interviews. Ross worked for the Hartford Post for several years before studying journalism and literature at Columbia University from 1920–1923. In 1923 she began publishing feature articles in the New York World, and soon began writing for the New York Times, Outlook, Popular Science, and other major periodicals. She traveled to Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Russia, interviewing notable figures like Grand Rabbi Haim Nahoun of Egypt and Helen Fraser, a candidate for British Parliament. She also conducted radio interviews on Peeps at Celebrities. She later wrote two memoirs, Heads and Tales in 1934 and Reporter in Petticoats in 1947, as well as a novel about Jewish settlements in Russia called Bread and Love in 1930. In 1939 she moved to London, where she continued to write while working with the BBC and with Mexican documentary filmmakers. The Mexican government awarded her the Aztec Eagle for her work to record their country’s heritage.


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Date of Birth

Hartford, CT
United States

Date of Death
Journalist, Writer

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