Noted radio and television correspondent and independent producer Nancy Dickerson died at age 70 on Saturday.
She broke through barriers in the 1950s to be among the first women to cover politics and world affairs. She rejected a job as “women’s editor” at the old Washington Daily News because “writing shopping and food columns…seemed outlandish to try and change the world.” In 1954, CBS News hired her to produce political radio shows. In 1960, she was made CBS’ first female correspondent. She traveled around the world with presidents and covered major events such as the 1963 March on Washington. She was also a past vice president of the Washington Press Club.
After 7 years at NBC, in 1971 Dickerson became a syndicated independent broadcaster and producer. She was the first woman to have a daily news program on network television, and produced documentaries on topics such as Watergate, the status of women in the Arab countries and the women’s movement in the U.S.