The AHC's Journalism collections document the business and practice of journalism in Wyoming, the regional agriculture and travel/tourism industries, and nationally in the areas of war correspondents, women journalists, "adventure travel," and coverage of national politics.
Some of our prominent Journalism holdings are detailed below. Additional holdings can be located by searching our online inventories (select University of Wyoming as the institution), or by viewing Frequent Searches for Journalism Collections in the UW Catalog.
Hugh Downs, a journalist and announcer, hosted the television game show "Concentration" (1958- 1968) and the news shows "Today Show" (1962-1971), "Over Easy" (1977-1980), and "20/20" (1978-1999). Downs produced many television documentary, commercial, and educational films through his production company Raylin Productions. He also worked as a reporter and narrator for television news specials and documentaries.
Irene Kuhn began her career as a journalist with the Syracuse Herald and the New York Daily News. She worked for the International News Service, the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, and the New York World Telegram. She later worked for NBC as a war correspondent in the China-Burma-India Theater. In the 1950s, she wrote several articles about communism and socialism in America for “The American Legion” and “American Mercury”. She wrote a syndicated column, "It's My Opinion," from 1953-1969. She continued writing articles and columns throughout the 1970s and 1980s.
Grace Robinson was a nationally known woman journalist. She became a staff writer at the New York Daily News in 1922 and became a well-known crime writer, covering the infamous Hall-Mills Murder Trial in 1926 and the Snyder-Gray Murder Trial a year later. Starting in 1933, Robinson covered both President Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and was a member of Mrs. Roosevelt’s “hen press.” She later covered many of the notorious criminal cases of the 1930s, including the Charles Lindbergh Jr. Murder Case, including the trial, appeal, and subsequent execution of accused murderer Bruno Hauptmann.
Richard Tregaskis was a war correspondent and author. He covered both the Pacific and European theaters of World War II and was badly wounded in Italy. His wartime experiences were chronicled in "Guadalcanal Diary" (1943) and "Invasion Diary" (1944). The bulk of his career was spent reporting on events in Asia and Oceania. Tregaskis covered nine wars, including the Chinese Civil War, Korea, and Vietnam.
Clay Blair, Jr. was a well-known author and journalist. He volunteered for submarine service in World War II and was decorated with the Submarine Combat Insignia and the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre Medal with three battle stars. He was a prominent military historian. Among his many books on military history are A General's Life (Omar N. Bradley), Return from the River Kwai, Ridgway's Paratroopers, Silent Victory, Macarthur, The Forgotten War (Korea), and Hitler's U-Boat War (Vols. I and II). He also wrote three novels and a biography, The Search for JFK.