Nancy Dickerson, 70, CBS' 1st female news correspondent

October 19, 1997

Award-winning journalist and author Nancy Dickerson, whose 1960 breakthrough as CBS News' first female correspondent helped pave the way for a generation of women, died yesterday. She was 70.

Mrs. Dickerson, who died in New York Hospital, never recovered from a stroke suffered in January 1996, her family said.

In 1960, she became the first female television reporter on the floor of a national political convention and later the first woman to have a daily network television news show.

She earned a Peabody Award in 1982 for her documentary, "784 Days that Changed America -- From Watergate to Resignation," an in-depth look at the Nixon White House.

She later reported from Europe, the Middle East and the Far East. For a 1980 PBS special, "Nancy Dickerson, Special Assignment: The Middle East," she was granted interviews with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin.

Mrs. Dickerson, a New York resident, is survived by her husband, former Deputy Secretary of State John C. Whitehead; nine children; and 11 grandchildren.

Pub Date: 10/19/97

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