America's Original Personal Finance Columnist
By Tracy Lucht
Syracuse University Press, Hardcover, 9780815610298, 230pp.
Publication Date: October 30, 2013
Sylvia Porter (1913 1991) was the nation's first personal finance columnist and one of the most admired women of the twentieth century. In Sylvia Porter: America's Original Personal Finance Columnist, Lucht traces Porter's professional trajectory, identifying her career strategies and exploring the role of gender in her creation of a once-unique, now-ubiquitous form of journalism. A pioneer for both male and female journalists, Porter established a genre of newspaper writing that would last into the twenty-first century while carving a space for women in what had been an almost exclusively male field.
About the Author
Tracy Lucht is assistant professor of journalism in the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication at Iowa State University.