Muriel Dobbin retires in 2004 after a pioneering,
55-year newspaper career. Photograph by Ryan K. Morris. Story
from McClatchy Employee Magazine.
You wonder how Muriel Dobbin, a national writer in
McClatchy’s Washington Bureau, would craft her own profile if given
the assignment on the eve of her retirement at the end of the year.
This is a journalist, after all, who has profiled the
most important figures in modern American politics – from Jacqueline
Kennedy to George W. Bush. This is a reporter who, over much of her
55-year newspaper career, has held a front-row ticket to American
history, covering events and issues that include the assassinations
of John F. Kennedy and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the Vietnam
War and the Iraq war, Watergate and Monica Lewinsky.
Her own story does not lack for color and quirks –
elements for which her profiles and writing are renowned. Dobbin
became an unwitting journalism pioneer in the early 1960s when, as
an experiment, The Baltimore Sun sent her to Washington as the first
female member of its prestigious Washington bureau. The bureau was
staffed by 15 men when she arrived and she joined an early group of
women allowed into the hallowed ranks of the Washington press corps.
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