Judith Marlane
Author, Educator, Lecturer, Consultant
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“The story of women in television news is a window into the remarkable story of women in the United States in the 20th Century. Judy Marlane covers our story more completely and with more authority than anyone ever has. A compelling read.“

Judy Woodruff, Anchor & Senior Correspondent CNN


...” As much as “Revisited” is a book about women in news, it is also a book that addresses the greater problem of equality in the workforce...”

Grant Bixby, Valley Magazine


“... an anecdotal, longitudinal survey of nearly a quater of a centery. The head of Cal State Northridge’s Department of Radio, Television and Film for a dozen years, [Marlene] spent 25 years before that in front of an audience, in a career extending from en pointe in the Joffrey Ballet to on-air jobs in TV... “

Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times Magazine

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Women, sex and politics in the hot seat of the nation’s capital. A WOMAN OF WORTH unravels the life of a woman destined to make history. Beautiful, intelligent and ambitious, Gregg Gardiner has always been the best at everything. She diligently works her way into the tangled web that is Washington D.C. Her brains and body help her win a cherished position as an aide to Senator Douglas Fairchild.

Doug likes both his cars and his women fast, and is angered at Gregg’s persistent refusal to sleep with him. Handsome, flamboyant and brash, Doug is used to getting his own way. The perennial favorite of the news media, his spirit and good looks are giving back some glamour to the Washington scene. He turns his charms toward Gregg and finds himself appreciating her mental agility in an equal par with her physical attributes. Gregg learns to appreciate the man behind the image and their mutual attraction grows into passion.

A tragic turn of events culminates in marriage for Gregg and Doug. During his illness, Gregg takes on the responsibility of handling Doug’s Senatorial duties. She is embraced by people and loved by the camera. As her popularity grows, so does her ambition-and that of her enemies.


Television personality, broadcaster and independent producer, Judy Marlane knows the world of television from both sides of the camera. An award winning author, she brings unique insight to the seamless world of politics and media. Dr. Marlane is a Professor of Radio, Television and Film at California State University. Her most recent book is WOMEN IN TELEVISION NEWS REVISITED.

American Women In Radio And Television (AWRT), marks it’s fiftieth anniversary with this collector’s tribute to the fifty greatest women in the history of broadcasting and cable.

Making Waves captures the spirit and courage exhibited by these fifty outstanding women.

It highlights the pioneers, both well-known personalities and behind-the-scenes movers, who’ve

changed the face of radio and television, and influenced the impact broadcasting has had on our

society and the world.


The women included here not only broke down doors in a profession initially closed to women, but

once in , they used their intelligence, creativity, hard work, and dedication to expand the definition

of what television and radio can do. Those featured were selected by the AWRT membership based on their industry impact, audience influence, assistance in advancing women and vision for the

future.


Honorees - from Lucille Ball to Oprah Winfrey, from Barbara Walters to Martha Stewart - are treated with a biographical profile, photographs, and a personal essay recalling the defining moments

of their careers. Through their inspirational stories we gain new insight into what they had to overcome and what helped them most to get to the top. In many ways these women are like the rest of us, trying to make a place for ourselves in the world and doing a little wave making in the process.

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Women In Television News takes us behind the cameras, through the bureaucracy of network personnel policies, to meet the women who have "made it" in the traditionally male-dominated world of television news. Through firsthand interviews and on the-Job observations, author Judith Gelfman divulges what she learned from thirty women newscasters about their role in television news, from general topics-such as how they got their first job or the future of women in broadcast news-to specific ones-such as salaries and the importance of physical appearance. There are candid comments from some of America's most successful and prominent newswomen: Barbara Walters, Pauline Frederick, Marlene Sanders, Lesley Stahl, Melba Tolliver, Pia Lindstrom, Marya McLaughlin, and Rose Ann Scamardella, to name but a few. For purposes of comparison, Ms.Gelfman also interviewed fifteen prominent news executives and accompanied leading newsmen on their daily beat under similar pressures. The network point of view is well represented; for, as Ms. Gelfman points out, these executives are the men who are responsible for hiring, and their personal views are vitally important. In a relaxed, enjoyable manner Judith Gelfman discusses the qualifications and status of women in broadcast news. In a chapter on what it's like to be a woman in television news, we hear Barbara Walters, who sits at the pinnacle of television news, say she still experiences difficulties stemming from her sex! Her views on women in television news are shared by others; she explains,


"You have to work harder. It's been said before, but it's true. You are taken less seriously .... You have to fight harder for the serious stories. I still do. It's a tougher job for a woman because a woman has to be awfully good." Racial and ethnic factors are crucial considerations in television. A concerted effort to rectify group injustices has resulted In what the author terms "double tokenism" the hiring of a woman who is also a member of a racial minority. Tokenism, according to the author, expresses contempt for the minority person who wants to compete In the professional world on an equal basis. All those women interviewed agree that problems arise when women are hired because of their sex and not because of their background. The newswomen are straightforward about the long working hours and relativey little time for oneself. The job of newscaster is completely time-consuming. They warn that it's difficult to balance a career with personal life, not to mention a family According to Rebecca Bell, "If anybody is misled enough to get into this field for glamour or for money, or excitement, they're In for a hell of a disappointment. Those things are here, but they're only minor things." Women in Television News offers an inside look at women at a unique time In the history of broadcasting. Never before have women been more visible in the masculine realm of television news. Yet a glance around any television newsroom reveals that it remains a white male bastion. This is an informal, personal, and highly informative look at thirty of the women challenging this tradition.