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Scripps' Marilyn Greenwald among OHIO's Research Committee grant winners

Alex Koumas | Apr 9, 2012

Scripps' Marilyn Greenwald among OHIO's Research Committee grant winners

By Alex Koumas,

ATHENS, Ohio (April 9, 2012) – Dr. Marilyn Greenwald, a professor in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, recently received funding from the Ohio University Research Committee (OURC) for her project, “Paying Her Dues: Pauline Frederick and Her Struggles in Television News.”

Greenwald began researching and reading interviews about Pauline Frederick, a pioneer in the exclusively male field of broadcast journalism in the 1960s era.

“She was the first female network television reporter, so I wondered what kinds of obstacles and challenges she faced in such a male-dominated business,” Greenwald states. “I also wondered what skills she developed to work primarily with men and very few women. She began her career covering Word War II and its aftermath overseas, and, again, was one of only a few female reporters covering war. That period of time in history was fascinating, so I assumed her life would be very interesting, and that she’d have to make many sacrifices.”

Greenwald received $3,739, which allow her to continue gathering historical and biological data about Pauline Frederick. Greenwald plans to write a book that examines Frederick’s life, contributions, struggles, and thoughts about the conflict of choosing a career or family. The book will also focus on a period in which radio and television became more influential and how that changed journalists’ roles and skills.

“The funding will help me go to archives in Massachusetts, New York, and Pennsylvania to access records and personal and professional documents,” Greendwald explains. “Travel anywhere these days is very expensive, and I doubt if I’d be able to make most of these trips without the grant.”

Scripps College of Communication Associate Dean Eric Rothenbuhler says programs like this are crucial to the university’s research mission.

“This funding is sure to make a difference in the successful completion of Professor Greenwald’s project,” he said. “The success of our faculty in research and creative activity is a goal for us, as well as a point of pride.”

The Ohio University Research Committee (OURC) awarded $73,969 during its fall cycle of funding to ten faculty research, scholarship, and creative activity projects. The goal of the program is to provide funding to new projects, which may then assist faculty with additional support. This year, the committee received 17 proposals requesting $118,382 in funding for faculty projects.

The OURC program offers two cycles of funding in fall and winter. The next deadline for proposals will be in October. For more information about guidelines, requirements and forms, please visit or contact Eleni Zulia at (740) 593-0929,

To view the additional winter funding recipients please