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Death of Nan Robertson

Patricia Sullivan

Nan Robertson, 83, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who wrote about her nearly fatal struggle with toxic shock syndrome, then wrote a book about gender discrimination that's become a standard text in journalism, died last night of heart disease at Collingswood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rockville. She lived in Bethesda.
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She survived toxic shock syndrome, alcoholism, sex discrimination and three husbands. Eight months ago, the Washington Press Foundation gave her a lifetime achievement award for her ground-breaking book "The Girls in the Balcony: Men, Women and the New York Times." A wonderful video from that ceremony can be found at this link; the portion about her starts at about 15 minutes and runs five minutes.

The photo above is one of Nan's favorites; it's shot by Helen Marcus of New York.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  October 14, 2009; 4:28 PM ET
Categories:  Patricia Sullivan  
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