“I’ve always had the feeling that nothing is impossible if one applies a certain amount of energy in the right direction. If you want to do it, you can do it.”
― Nellie Bly
Nellie Bly (1864 – 1922) was an American journalist known for her investigative and undercover reporting. Though at first she found difficulty being hired as a female reporter, she took unusual risks to get the job. Nellie earned acclaim when she feigned insanity in order to expose the conditions of asylum patients at Blackwell’s Island in New York City. Her investigation resulted in several mental health care reforms. She continued her career as a stunt journalist, going undercover in various guises to expose corruption and injustice in jails, factories, and state legislature. Nellie achieved further fame after her newspaper sent her on a trip around the world in the fictional footsteps laid out in Jules Verne’s book, Around the World in Eighty Days. She did it in seventy-two, establishing a new world record. Nellie Bly was a spirited pioneer in her field, remembered most for launching a new kind of investigative journalism.