Myra MacPherson

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Myra Lea MacPherson
Born 1935 (age 81–82) estimated
Education BA, journalism, 1956[1][2]
Alma mater
Occupation Journalist, writer
Organization National Abortion Rights Action League[citation needed]
  • c/o Author Mail,
  • Indiana University Press,
  • 601 North Morton St.,
  • Bloomington, IN 47404
Home town Ann Arbor, Michigan[3]
Board member of Hospice Foundation of America[7]
  • son, Michael Siegel
  • daughter, Leah Siegel (deceased)[12]
  • step-children
Parent(s) Douglas MacPherson

Myra MacPherson (born circa 1935) is an American author, biographer, and journalist known for her books and articles about politics, the Vietnam War, feminism, and death and dying. Although her work has appeared in a number of publications, she had a long affiliation with The Washington Post newspaper. She was hired in 1968 by Post executive editor Ben Bradlee to write for the paper's Style section, and remained with the Post for over two decades until 1991. While there, she profiled the Watergate criminals and wrote a series on Vietnam veterans that led to her 1984 book Long Time Passing: Vietnam and the Haunted Generation. It was the first trade book to examine post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and, according to Vietnam expert Arnold R. Isaacs, one of the first to "break the long national silence" about the war.[21]

Her 2006 biography of I.F. Stone, All Governments Lie! The Life and Times of Rebel Journalist I. F. Stone, won the 2007 Ann M. Sperber Award for media biography, and was a finalist for a 2008 PEN Center USA literary award.[21][22]


Employment discrimination against women affected her early career. Restaurateur Toots Shor once told her, "We're not interested in what you think, you're only here because of Morris". And he said as far as I'm concerned – and [MacPherson has] never forgotten the phrase – "All broads are a piece of raisin cake".[4] She reports that when she covered the Indy 500 in 1960, she was allowed in neither the press box nor gasoline alley.


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  1. ^ a b c "Myra MacPherson – author, biographer and journalist". LinkedIn. Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  2. ^ McCristal, J. Bruce (2004). Spirit of Michigan State (1st ed.). Bloomfield Hills, Mich.: J. Bruce McCristal. p. 163. ISBN 1891143239. LCCN 2005351273. Retrieved 2014-05-12. Myra MacPherson, '56 Washington Post reporter... 
  3. ^ a b c "Ninety-eighth Annual Commencement" (PDF). Michigan State University. June 10, 1956. p. 33. Retrieved 2014-05-14. COLLEGE OF COMMUNICATION ARTS ... Myra Lea MacPherson Journalism; Ann Arbor 
  4. ^ a b c "Q & A Myra MacPherson "The Scarlet Sisters: Sex, Suffrage, and Scandal in the Gilded Age"". C-SPAN. May 4, 2014. Retrieved 2014-12-01. 
  5. ^ a b "College Bound". Argus Eyes. 9 (8). Argus (camera company). September 1953. p. 3. Retrieved 2014-05-14. Myra MacPherson, who has been employed in the Purchasing Department for the summer, will return to Michigan State College to resume her studies as a journalism major. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g "Prosopography" (PDF). WHO IS WHO 39th Annual Conference on World Affairs. Boulder, Colorado: University of Colorado. April 6–12, 1986. p. 6. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  7. ^ Board of Directors (About Us), Hospice Foundation of America, retrieved 2014-05-13 
  8. ^ Burgess, Bill. "Meet The Sports Writers – Page 22". Retrieved 2014-05-12. Morris Siegel...Wife: Myra MacPherson, married 1964, divorced, 1985 
  9. ^ Dodd, Chris (July 1, 1994). "HONORING THE MEMORY OF MORRIS SIEGEL". Congressional Record. Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  10. ^ Aird, Daniella (December 19, 2005). "Former state Sen. Jack Gordon, champion of liberal causes, dies". South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  11. ^ Von Drehle, David (December 18, 2005). "Jack D. Gordon; Liberal Force in Fla. Senate". Washington Post. Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  12. ^ Shapiro, T. Rees (July 27, 2010). "Leah Siegel, 43, award-winning ESPN sports producer and D.C. native, dies". Washington Post. Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  13. ^ "Celebration: Past Alumni Award Winners 1972–2010". Michigan State University College of Communications Arts and Sciences. May 7, 2011. p. 13. Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  14. ^ Wall, John (April 16, 2014). "Best-Selling Author Myra MacPherson to Speak at Juniata" (Press release). Huntingdon, Pennsylvania: Juniata College. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  15. ^ "Fulbright Grants". Editor & Publisher. 119. 1986. Retrieved 2014-05-12. Four journalists have been awarded 1986–87 Fulbright Grants to Japan to study various aspects of contemporary Japanese society or U.S. – Japanese relations. ...Myra L. MacPherson, Washington Post... 
  16. ^ "Author Myra MacPherson Presented Sperber Award at Fordham" (Press release). Fordham University. Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  17. ^ "The Official Website of I.F. Stone". Retrieved 2014-05-14. Finalist, PEN USA Literary Award for Nonfiction, 2007. Boston Globe's Best Nonfiction of 2006. Rocky Mountain News Best Book of 2006 Booklist, American Library Association: One of top 10 books, mid-2006 to mid-2007. 
  18. ^ "Myra MacPherson". Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale. 2005. Gale Document Number: GALE|H1000160257. Retrieved 2014-05-12.  Biography in Context.
  19. ^ Contributor biographical information for She came to live out loud : an inspiring family journey through illness, loss, and grief / Myra MacPherson, Library of Congress, retrieved 2014-05-12 
  20. ^ "Argus Family Graduates" (PDF). Argus Eyes. 8 (5). Argus (camera company). June 1952. p. 7. Retrieved 2014-05-14. Myra Lea MacPherson, Belleville High School, Daughter of Douglas MacPherson 
  21. ^ a b "Myra MacPherson". 2016. Retrieved 2016-01-25. 
  22. ^ Verel, Patrick (October 2007). "Biography of Journalist I.F. Stone Wins Sperber Award" (Press release). New York City: Fordham University. Retrieved 2016-01-25. 

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