Dorothea BrooksBusiness News Luminaries
...Legacy: As UPI's first female business editor, Ms. Brooks expanded the wire service's coverage and capitalized on the Arab oil embargo of 1973 to lure eager reporters to business news.She
overcame the standard gender obstacles of her
day and earned respect from peers throughout business journalism.She
introduced consumer-friendly copy--what we now call personal finance stories--and started a weekly business features package, which expanded the horizon of business news for readers and for reporters in bureaus around the world.Intensely loyal to UPI, Ms. Brooks weathered the stormy years of the 1980s "even when the checks bounced," but finally left in 1987 to join PR Newswire, where she became vice president of member services.She
consistently downplays her
pioneering role: "I'm a newsman, and I never use any other term."