In a recent talk at Boston University, acclaimed writer Gay Talese said that there were no non-fiction women writers who inspired him. For obvious reasons, this statement caused quite an uproar. Talese claimed that he had misunderstood the question posed to him and that he was referring to a specific era when he was getting his start in journalism (the 1950’s and 60’s).
There are many other writers who have dissected the interview and Talese’s words regarding women writers, so that was not my goal with this piece. Instead, I hoped to shed light on what women writer’s should be inspiring our writing and our lives. Because of a lack of knowledge on this subject, I felt especially interested in learning more.
I interviewed Point Loma Nazarene University’s Dean Nelson, the director of the university’s journalism program, and an experienced writer himself, to gain a better understanding of women journalists and their impressive works.
Professor Dean Nelson of Point Loma Nazarene University
Listen to the interview below to learn what Gay Talese’s stumble can teach all of us. The interview jumps right in with Nelson’s favorite women writers and journalists and continues on with discussion about women in the field of journalism, both past and present.