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Paying Her Dues: The Early Career of Pioneering Broadcaster Pauline Frederick
Unformatted Document Text:  16 Paying Her Dues: The Early Career of Pioneering Broadcaster Pauline Frederick politics vanished. She loved the excitement of covering Washington events in one of the most pivotal eras of the twentieth century. Through her work for the News, she covered federal agencies including the departments of State, War and Navy. And Frederick was a dedicated worker who let nothing stop her, according to one of her roommates at the time. Helen Brabrook told Carolyn Tozier that Frederick had debilitating headaches that caused nausea and vomiting, sometimes on her way to work, but it didn’t stop her from showing up every day. 27 Radio had grown tremendously as a source for news by the early and mid 1930s, the era known as the “golden age” of radio. Because of the relative newness of the media as a way to deliver news, few reporters or editors were actually trained as broadcasters. Instead, radio relied heavily on newspaper people – who knew how to collect news and write it coherently – to deliver the news. H.R. Baukhage was a newspaper reporter and foreign correspondent whose extensive experience certainly made him qualified to deliver the news on radio, according to his friend, David Lawrence, a media mogul of the era. Baukhage, who in 1939 became the first person to host a live news show from the Capitol, began work for NBC Blue (which later became ABC) in 1932, when he gave five-minute news broadcasts Monday through Friday at 12:30 p.m. Through Lawrence, Baukhage met in 1937 an enthusiastic young woman who had a

Authors: Greenwald, Marilyn.
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Paying Her Dues: The Early Career of Pioneering 
Broadcaster Pauline Frederick               
politics vanished. She loved the excitement of covering Washington 
events in one of the most pivotal eras of the twentieth century. 
Through her work for the News, she covered federal agencies 
including the departments of State, War and Navy. And Frederick was 
a dedicated worker who let nothing stop her, according to one of 
her roommates at the time. Helen Brabrook told Carolyn Tozier that 
Frederick had debilitating headaches that caused nausea and 
vomiting, sometimes on her way to work, but it didn’t stop her from 
    Radio had grown tremendously as a source for news by the early 
and mid 1930s, the era known as the “golden age” of radio. Because 
of the relative newness of the media as a way to deliver news, few 
reporters or editors were actually trained as broadcasters. 
Instead, radio relied heavily on newspaper people – who knew how to 
collect news and write it coherently – to deliver the news. H.R. 
Baukhage was a newspaper reporter and foreign correspondent whose 
extensive experience certainly made him qualified to deliver the 
news on radio, according to his friend, David Lawrence, a media 
mogul of the era. Baukhage, who in 1939 became the first person to 
host a live news show from the Capitol, began work for NBC Blue 
(which later became ABC) in 1932, when he gave five-minute news 
broadcasts Monday through Friday at 12:30 p.m. Through Lawrence, 
Baukhage met in 1937 an enthusiastic young woman who had a 


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