This article by NewsGuild International Chairperson Martha Waggoner was first published on June 27, 2019, by Poynter.
July 3, 2019 – It happened more than 50 years ago, but Peggy Simpson remembers the details clearly.
After the excitement of the early days of the trial of Jack Ruby, covered by male reporters, she had handled the daily grind. She would work the overnight shift at the Dallas bureau of The Associated Press, go home to shower and head to the courtroom. But on the day the case of the man accused of killing President Kennedy’s assassin went to the jury, she arrived to find another reporter in her seat – a man. More