First Woman War Correspondent Dies at 89

The world’s first female war correspondent, Martha Gellhorn, died at the age of 89. Gellhorn covered the Spanish civil war, Vietnam and the Arab-Israeli wars. Gellhorn witnessed the D-Day landings in Normandy, the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp at Dachau, and is also known for marrying author Ernest Hemingway in 1940.

Gellhorn worked until her late 70s and believed that a reporters’ job was “to limit yourself to what you see or hear and not suppress or invent.” Friend and journalist Marie Colvin said of Gellhorn, “Hers was a different kind of journalism. She was very passionate.”


Reuters - February 16, 1998

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