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Legendary reporter Clare Hollingworth, as a young woman (Twitter).


Clare Hollingworth, reporter who broke news of WWII, dies at 105

January 10, 2017

Clare Hollingworth, a British war correspondent who was first to report on the start of World War II, died in Hong Kong on Tuesday. She was 105 years old.

Hollingworth was born in 1911 in Leicester, England, according to the BBC. In 1939, she was working as a reporter for The Daily Telegraph; while traveling from Poland to Germany, she noticed German forces amassed on the Polish border and notified her editors.

“1,000 tanks massed on Polish border. Ten divisions reported ready for swift strike,” the resulting headline read. It was published without Hollingworth’s byline, as was customary for newspapers at the time. Watch the video clip below, in which she describes witnessing the moment the first military strike was launched.

Hollingworth went on to report from Vietnam, Algeria, and the Middle East. She came close to death in 1936, when a bomb was detonated at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem. Hollingworth was just 300 yards from the explosion, which killed 100 people.

In 1994, Hollingworth received the James Cameron Award for Journalism. She was also honored with a lifetime achievement award from What the Papers Say, a British journalistic institution, in 1999.

Read more at the BBC.


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