Helen Muir (reporter)

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Helen Muir (1911-2006) was an American reporter and author. Her full name was Helen Teresa Eucharia Flaherty Lennehan Muir.[1] She was inducted into the Florida Women's Hall of Fame in 1984.[2]

Family background[edit]

Muir was born in Bronx, New York, named for her mother, Helen Teresa Flaherty. She credited her grandfather, John Henry Augustine Flaherty with teaching her how to read at a very young age.[3] She was of Irish descent, and her maternal great-grandfather, Geoffrey O'Flaherty of Waterford, and great-grandmother Katherine Fitzgerald of County Clare, had left Ireland during the Irish Potato Famine. The family stopped using the "O" and was later known as "Flaherty."[4]

Professional history[edit]

She moved to Miami, Florida in 1934. She wrote about Florida as a columnist for the Universal Service syndicate from 1935 to 1938 and for the Miami News and the Miami Herald until 1965. She also wrote freelance articles and books.[2]

Library service[edit]

Muir chaired the State Library Advisory Council and helped lead the organization of the Miami-Dade Public Library System.[2] Her papers are collected at the University of Miami.[5]


She was married to William "Bill" Whalley Muir, a real estate attorney originally from Oregon, and had three children.[1] She died on February 14, 2006.


  1. ^ a b Muir, Helen (2004). Baby Grace Sees the Cow: A Memoir. Miami: The Prologue Society. 
  2. ^ a b c "Helen Muir, 1911-". Florida Commission on the Status of Women Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2014-02-08. 
  3. ^ Muir, Helen. Baby Grace Sees the Cow. p. 123
  4. ^ Muir, Helen. Baby Grace Sees the Cow, p. 5
  5. ^ "Helen Muir Papers". Special Collections, University of Miami Libraries. Retrieved 2014-02-08. 


  • Miami, USA
  • Biltmore, Beacon for Miami
  • Frost in Florida (1995), a memoir of her friendship with Robert Frost from 1935 - 1963
  • Baby Grace Sees the Cow: A Memoir (2004)

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