Newport Royall, Anne

Often referred to as the first professional woman journalist in the United States, Anne Newport Royall began her journalism career around 1824 in Washington DC. She is known for receiving the first presidential interview ever granted to a woman, after catching President John Quincy Adams bathing in the Potomac River. Anne eventually published two books, Sketches of History and The Tennessean, both of which produced powerful enemies for her. In 1854, she passed away at the age of 85.

In 1829, Anne was tried and convicted for being a common scold after antagonizing a local Presbyterian church. Andrew Jackson's secretary of war, John Eaton, paid her fine of $10. Anne began publishing the Paul Pry newspaper with her friend Sally Stack in 1831. As a collection of advertisements, letters to the editors, and editorials, the main focus of the paper was to expose political corruption and fraud, as well as promoting the rights of the states. In 1836, the publication The Huntress took over. She was infamous for being opinionated and having controversial views.

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