Reminiscences of Ruth Ashton Taylor, 1992


Taylor, Ruth Ashton (Interviewee)
Biagi, Shirley (Interviewer)
Reminiscences of Ruth Ashton Taylor, 1992
Description of childhood in Los Angeles, California and Shelton, Nebraska; Scripps College, B.A., 1943; Columbia School of Journalism, M.A., 1944; recollections of WWII: relocation of Japanese-Americans; first marriage in 1949, children, divorce, second marriage in 1968; employment with CBS Radio News during WWII and late 1940s: reflections on major figures at CBS Radio News, description of staff a nd programming, production of news story on atomic energy, women in broadcasting; radio broadcaster, Los Angeles, 1950s and 1960s: "Firing Line" radio program, 1964-66; KNX Television, Los Angeles: nightly woman's angle show, coverage of Rose Parade, political conventions; host, "The Ruth and Pat Show," 1962-64; "Newsmakers" show; coverage of fires in Los Angeles County; description of expansion of networks: increased programming, personnel changes, layoffs, cost-cutting, technological improvements; contracts, salary, and length of work week; retirement in 1989; awards received; reflections on the different experiences of men and women in broadcasting; reflections on major life influences; importance of age and appearance in broadcasting; reflections on marriage, motherhood and career
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Washington Press Club women in journalism oral history collection
Women journalists; Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945; Radio journalism--World War, 1939-1945; Radio journalism--Atomic energy; Women in radio broadcasting; Women in television broadcasting; Television broadcasting; Taylor, Ruth Ashton
oral histories
Note (Biographical)
Interviewed by Shirley Biagi on November 16, 1990, September 11, 1991, and January 11 and May 11 (video), 1992
Note (Provenance)
Washington Press Club Foundation, Gift, 1992
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Columbia Center for Oral History, Columbia University
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