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Nellie Kenyon: Trailblazing Tennessee Journalist
Tyler L. Boyd
Publisher Waldenhouse Publishers, Inc.
Description 220 pages on LSI Archival White 6" x 9" perfect bound with gloss laminate; photographs and illustrations $18.98
Availability April 2022
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Recounts the life and career of Nellie Kenyon, a trailblazing journalist in Tennessee. Covering the trials of John T. Scopes and Jimmy Hoffa, meeting three U.S. Presidents, solving a bank robbery, and breaking other major stories, her work helped chronicle significant historical events of the twentieth century.
Library of Congress Control Number: 2022936669

BIO025000 BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Editors, Journalists, Publishers


HIS036120 HISTORY / United States / State & Local / South

HIS036060 HISTORY / United States / 20th Century

HIS058000 HISTORY / Women
About the Author:
Tyler L. Boyd is an author, historian, and educator in McMinn County, Tennessee. His first book, Tennessee Statesman Harry T. Burn, won several awards.
What readers are saying:
  • At a time of questions about the media, it is refreshing to read of an enterprising woman, who worked her way from getting in the door to being a model for uncovering facts and was a great storyteller. Tyler Boyd captures those moments and more in Nellie Kenyon.
    - Tom Griscom, former editor and publisher, Chattanooga Times Free Press
  • Who doesn’t love a story that connects local, regional and national history? As someone who values history and the stories of remarkable players in our historical heritage, I urge you to read Tyler Boyd’s latest work, Nellie Kenyon. I suggest you grab a copy and settle down in your favorite comfortable chair, and be prepared to read from beginning to end. It’s that good. It’s that insightful. You’re going to love Nellie and her truly exceptional journalistic career. Yea, Nellie!
    - Linda Moss Mines, Hamilton County Historian
  • A great history of a five-foot-tall female journalist pioneer who was a giant in the newspaper industry. She covered many landmark cases including Scopes to Hoffa throughout the legal history of Tennessee. Her interview of convicted gangster Al Capone at the Chattanooga Terminal Railway Station on his way to the Atlanta Penitentiary to serve his sentence for income tax evasion is a classic example of tenacious work and creativity by a reporter.
    - Jerry Summers, author and attorney
  • In Nellie Kenyon, Tyler Boyd brings us another fascinating subject. Pioneering journalist and sometime detective, Kenyon broke some of the biggest news of
    the day, from woman suffrage and the Scopes Trial to black market adoption and desegregation. Alice Milton called her “the best bird dog in the pack so far as news gathering.”
    - Ann Toplovich, former executive director, Tennessee Historical Society
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