ETHEL L. PAYNE #100travelHERS
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Birth: August 14, 1911; Chicago, Illinois
Death: May 29, 1991; Washington, D.C.
Occupation: Journalist, war correspondent
Notable journeys: While with the Army Special Services in Japan in the late 1940s, met a reporter who got her a job at the Chicago Defender. In 1966, covered African American troops fighting in the Vietnam War. Also covered the Nigerian civil war and accompanied Henry Kissinger on a tour of six countries in Africa.
Notable work: A large body of articles and columns for the Chicago Defender
Quote: “I had no thought of serious writing when I started, but I kept a diary, which later got me in trouble.”