Carl Bernstein

A Fierce Champion

A Fierce Champion

For a lot of women of my generation, Mary Tyler Moore was everything.

In our childhood, she was Laura Petrie, tender mother and spirited wife of a comedy writer — he wrote for television! — who thought nothing of pushing back the living room furniture to sing and dance the night away. So not my mom.

I was in junior high school when Mary Richards first joined WJM-TV, and she was still with me when I went off to college to major in journalism. Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein inspired me to become a journalist, but it was Mary Richards who taught this working-class girl how to be cheerful and assertive at the same time — and in a virtually all-male newsroom, too. Mary, in all her...

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