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Paying Her Dues: The Early Career of Pioneering Broadcaster Pauline Frederick
Unformatted Document Text:  10 Paying Her Dues: The Early Career of Pioneering Broadcaster Pauline Frederick But Frederick’s high school record and her drive provided great insurance for someone who wanted to get a college degree and ultimately find work even in the dark economic times of the early 1930s. After a brief stint after graduation working at a store and continuing her freelance writing work, she received a small scholarship to American University and entered the College of Political Science. 14 Predictably, Frederick excelled as a college student: “Frederick wins highest honors,” read the page-one banner headline of the American (University) Eagle on June 2, 1930. She received the highest prize given by the faculty, and $50 given to the person who made the “largest contribution” to the college. 15 While at American, however, Frederick apparently learned the fine art of networking, a talent she cultivated while in junior high and high school as the officer of several student groups. At American, through her association with a man who was active in the university debating club of which she was a member, she began writing for a weekly student-oriented publication called Uncle Sam’s Diary, which focused on current events of interest to a college audience. More important, though, was the fact that through Uncle Sam’s Diary, she met one of its investors, Washington journalist David Lawrence, who would later serve as a valuable professional contact for her. 16 She was still interested in journalism, but also attended legislative proceedings in Washington to learn about politics and

Authors: Greenwald, Marilyn.
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Paying Her Dues: The Early Career of Pioneering 
Broadcaster Pauline Frederick               
     But Frederick’s high school record and her drive provided 
great insurance for someone who wanted to get a college degree and 
ultimately find work even in the dark economic times of the early 
1930s. After a brief stint after graduation working at a store and 
continuing her freelance writing work, she received a small 
scholarship to American University and entered the College of 
 Predictably, Frederick excelled as a college 
student: “Frederick wins highest honors,” read the page-one banner 
headline of the American (University) Eagle on June 2, 1930. She 
received the highest prize given by the faculty, and $50 given to 
15 
While at American, however, Frederick apparently learned the fine 
art of networking, a talent she cultivated while in junior high and 
high school as the officer of several student groups. At American, 
through her association with a man who was active in the university 
debating club of which she was a member, she began writing for a 
weekly student-oriented publication called Uncle Sam’s Diary, which 
focused on current events of interest to a college audience. More 
important, though, was the fact that through Uncle Sam’s Diary, she 
met one of its investors, Washington journalist David Lawrence, who 
 
    She was still interested in journalism, but also attended 
legislative proceedings in Washington to learn about politics and 


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