Anderson, Paul Y.
In his short 45 years of life, Paul Y. Anderson was an American journalist made significant impacts on society, including his help in revealing the Teapot Dome scandal. His first reporter position was with the Knoxville Journal at the age of 18. He eventually worked for publications like the St. Louis Times, the St. Louis Star, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. In congruence with editor O.K. Bovard, the Post-Dispatch became globally known for its authentic style and skillful commentary.
During the East St. Louis Race Riots, Paul was called to testify during the congressional investigation. He became nationally renowned for his recollections, as they were true, invaluable, and he exposed the truth without fear of retaliation. In 1923, he resigned from the Post-Dispatch after many unsuccessful attempts to persuade them to send him to Washington D.C. He went as a freelance reporter and ended up unveiling the Teapot Dome Scandal, a bribery incident involving former Secretary of the Interior Albert B. Fall leasing Navy petroleum reserves to private oil companies without competitive bidding. He eventually was rehired by the Post-Dispatch in 1924.
After numerous investigations and reporting, Paul received a Pulitzer Prize in 1929. That year, he began working for the Nation Magazine. The stress of his work began hitting him hard and he started a heavy drinking habit. In 1937, he won the Headliner's Club Award after his work uncovering and validating the Paramount newsreel that show police killing ten workers at the Republic Steel Plant. One of his last articles was in 1938 on the Munich Agreement. The end of that year, he overdosed on sleeping pills, leaving a suicide note.
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