Lucile Morris Upton & Betty Love: Those Fearless Female Journalists

There couldn’t have been a better place than the Ozarks Studies Symposium in West Plains to talk about reporter Lucile Morris Upton and photographer Betty Love, the two middle-aged newspaperwomen who covered the region for 15 years, doing stories on everything from murders and bank robberies, to President Harry Truman and quilting groups, often making the news themselves as they attacked their stories. The symposium is an annual themed event that attracts writers and historians from all over the country. This year’s theme — Ozarks legacies – was tailor-made for the story of those two fearless female journalists who showed people of the region, especially girls and women, that a person can do anything if she just puts her mind to it.

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