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Nellie Bly - Early life, Asylum exposé, Around the world, Later years

york journalist

Journalist, born in Cochran's Mills, Pennsylvania, USA. As a reporter for the New York World she won renown for such stories as her exposé of conditions in an insane asylum on New York City's Blackwell's Island, where she posed as an inmate. In 1889–90 she made a round-the-world trip in 72 days, bettering the 80-day record of Jules Verne's fictional Phineas Fogg. A pioneering woman journalist, she took her pseudonym from a Stephen Foster song about a social reformer.

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