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Clare Hollingworth

Journalist Clare Hollingworth

Profession: Journalist

United Kingdom

Biography: As the first journalist to report on the outbreak of World War II in 1939, Hollingworth became known as the "doyenne of war correspondents."

In a journalistic career of over 50 years, Hollingworth covered conflicts in Eastern Europe, the Balkans, India, Vietnam, China and the Middle East.

Though not the first female foreign correspondent, she is remembered for helping to shape the field of war journalism.

Born: October 10, 1911
Birthplace: Knighton, Leicester, England

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Libra

Died: January 10, 2017 (aged 105)
Cause of Death: Natural causes

Historical Events

  • 1939-09-01 In the "scoop of the century," Telegraph journalist Clare Hollingworth becomes the first to report the outbreak of World War II

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