Eleanor Medier

Eleanor Medier, publisher of The Chicagoan

Deceptively reserved, insatiably curious, and independently opinionated, Eleanor Medier represents a blend of two historical figures (see below). She comes to Chicago from a small town but is by no means unsophisticated. Her mother, a talented artist, grew up in Chicago and won recognition for her murals in the Women’s Pavilion at the Columbian Exhibition of 1893. Winning a scholorship to study art in Paris, there Eleanor’s mother met her father, a radical journalist. When World War I broke out, Eleanor’s parents fled to Chicago, but covert as they tried to be, they needed to hide out, as Eleanor was just a child. Raised in St. Louis, Eleanor worked at her father’s newspaper doing advertising design, layout, photography, and some journalism. Now, having  moved to Chicago to make her fame and fortune, she has fallen into the golden opportunity she has always dreamed of: publication publisher.

With the launch of The Chicagoan, you can find her typing away furiously in her office at the corner of Willow and Center, having tea with her lady friends, or in the background of events with her camera.
BTW: her friends call her Ele.

(As described in the Journalistic Policy, historical underpinning is emphasized.

The press gave its own dominant color to the 20s era, playing all sides of the politics, befriending the gangsters, and tying together the underworld of artists and radical thinkers.

Two strong newswomen were important players and are great models for Eleanor Medier:

Maurine Watkins

“The pretty and prim Maurine Watkins became a star crime reporter in 1920s Chicago and turned her reporting on an infamous murder into the satirical play Chicago.” —Douglas Perry, author of The Girls of Murder City

“Maurine Watkins came to the big city as a young woman from the sticks and got herself a job as a crime reporter. How did this nice girl end up hanging out with some seriously not-nice people?” She wanted to get away from the small town and “experience real life. The place to do that was Chicago.”Randy Dotinga, reviewer

Kathleen Mclaughlin

As a pioneer professional, Kathleen Mclaughlin opened doors and transformed the profession for women journalists. As an author, Tribune reporter, and New York Times correspondent, the Tribune says that “she was one of the country’s most famous women journalists from the 1920s through the 1960s.” Her nephew said upon hear death in 1990: “She was very feisty and energetic. She is considered one of the first to break into the levels of journalism that she did.” Two books chronicle her experiences: Ladies of the Press, by Ishbel Ross and She Was There by Jean Collins.

Would that Eleanor Medier could do so well!))


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